BELOIT (WKOW)-- Detectives are still investigating a shooting death that happened in the 500 block of 8th Street early Thursday morning in Beloit.
Police arrived on scene and found 20-year-old Hykyme Hayes lying in the road with a bullet wound. Hayes was transported to Mercy Hospital in Janesville where he was later pronounced dead. Police are still trying to identify a suspect in the case, but they do have information that shows Hayes' death did not happen by chance.
"This was not a random act of violence. We believe that it is related to some type of criminal activity within the city," Captain Dan Molland says.
Hayes' death will likely become the 7th homicide in Beloit this year. Six cases involved guns and one is being considered a reckless vehicular homicide. Of the six fatal shootings, five involved men between the ages of 18-25. According to records, it's the most homicides the city has seen in more than 15 years.
27 News has uncovered a possible connection in two of the cases. Hayes died less than a block away from where a previous shooting took place on April 25th. Raymond Holloway, 20, was shot and killed near the corner of 8th street and Highland. 27 News discovered that Hayes had posted several pictures of Holloway on his Facebook page over the last few months. One of these pictures carried the caption, "RIP Raymond." Beloit police were not able to confirm a connection between these two individuals, but they are concerned about the increasing amount of violence in the community.
"With all of the increase in violence, the Beloit Police Department has taken an active role in increasing patrols in targeted areas," Molland says. "When community members see something we want them to let us know. We are working to connect with several neighborhoods in the community."
Police are focusing more attention on policing areas like the 8th Street corridor where Hayes and Holloway were killed. They are also focusing on the neighborhood surrounding Summit Park where three people were shot, one of them killed, the night of August 2nd.
Police are looking for the public's help in identifying a suspect in Hayes' death. Anyone with information should call Beloit Area Crime Stoppers at 608-362-7463.
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