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January 24th, 2020: Mary Boulton, Age 62 – Milwaukee
Homicide charges have been filed in the Jan. 24 shooting that left a 62-year-old woman dead and two others injured in the Hampton Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee’s northwest side.
Orlando A. Cain, 40, of Milwaukee has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide, two counts of first-degree reckless injury and possession of a firearm by a felon. He is not in custody, according to online court records.
Cain had spent several months stalking an ex-girlfriend despite a restraining order, threatening her and her new boyfriend until he opened fire on the man’s van as he arrived to pick up the woman and her sister, the complaint said.
Mary Boulton, 62, was a passenger in the boyfriend’s van and suffered a single gunshot wound to the back of her head, killing her, the complaint said.
The girlfriend and her 34-year-old sister had been waiting outside a home along the 4800 block of North 65th Street at the time of the shooting, the complaint said. The sister and boyfriend were also shot, but survived. The girlfriend was not injured.
According to the complaint:
Security camera footage from the nearby intersection of North 65th Street and West Stark Street showed an individual, believed to be Cain, arriving in the area about an hour before the shooting and spending a lot of time walking around.
Around 11:45 p.m., as the boyfriend’s van is seen passing through the intersection, Cain walks into the middle of the street and fires multiple times at the van before running away. Police later located eight spent 9mm casings in the road.
The boyfriend had been driving Boulton from her workplace back to her home but was stopping along the way to pick up the girlfriend and her sister, who, less than a block away, were waiting outside for their ride.
Shots were also fired at the two women, with one bullet hitting the sister in the head. It’s unclear whether the women or the van were fired upon first.
Text messages between Cain and the ex-girlfriend from months and weeks earlier indicated that Cain had been watching her house and knew what the boyfriend’s vehicle looked like.