Police: Person of interest texted Lewis he would "shoot up the whole town"

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- Prosecutors have charged a 35-year-old Wausau woman with two counts of attempted homicide for her alleged role in a drive-by shooting.

Court documents say Amanda Lewis texted Maurice Bell, 32, while he was in Chicago and told him about her son's 15-year-old friend getting beaten with a baseball bat. According to the criminal complaint, he texted back, "I'm being 2 of my nephews to shoot up the whole f*** town literally," correcting the text to "bringing" in a follow-up message.

The Wausau Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating Bell. They said he is wanted for questioning following the July 3 drive-by shooting. No one was injured as result of the shooting.

Bell is 32 years old. He also goes by the name “JB'. He has ties to both Wausau and Chicago. Anyone with knowledge of Bell’s whereabouts is asked not to approach Bell, but to contact the Wausau Police Department at 715-261-7811.

Investigators said on around 3 p.m. on July 3, officers were dispatched to the area of N 1st Street and McIndoe Street for the report of a drive-by shooting. A 17-year-old male and an 18-year-old male were walking north on the sidewalk adjacent to 1st Street at McIndoe Street when they were confronted by the occupants of a passing vehicle.

According to a news release, an occupant of the vehicle fired shots at the teens and the vehicle left the area. Police believe the victims were targeted based upon a perceived connection with a related incident from July 1. In that related incident, ambulance and officers responded at 10:30 p.m. to the 600 block of Chicago Avenue, for a 15-year-old male who was beaten with a baseball bat. The victim remains in critical condition.

Police say the suspect vehicle is registered to Lewis. In the related incident from July 1, officers learned the 15-year-old victim was friends of Lewis’ son and was at her address prior to the assault. In addition to seizing the vehicle, officers located and interviewed several people seen leaving 526 Chicago Avenue, including Lewis.

In a criminal complaint filed on Tuesday, JB was revealed to have had a relationship with Amanda Lewis. Court documents allege she was a passenger in the car that JB was driving when he allegedly shot the two teenagers.

Lewis is scheduled to learn July 17 if her case will head to trial.