Illinois Man Accidentally Shoots and Wounds Sister in Janesville

By: AP
By: AP

JANESVILLE (WIFR) -- A family visit in Rock County goes horribly wrong landing a Janesville teen in the hospital and her brother in trouble with police.

Around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday officers were called to a home on Spaulding Avenue in Janesville for a 13 year old girl who'd been shot.

Police say her brother, 20 year-old Sidney Johnson was in town visiting family and didn't know his sister was home. He could hear movement in her room and thought someone was trying to break in. That's when he grabbed his dad's gun and fired through the bedroom door, hitting his sisters right arm and causing a flesh wound on her upper body. Thankfully she's ok.

Janesville Police Department Deputy Chief Dan Davis says Johnson is still being held but hasn't been charged yet.

"We believe that shooting a gun through a door at an on identifiable target is unreasonable."

Davis says Johnson will most likely be for recklessly endangerment. It's a felony that could put him in prison.



JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin police say a young Illinois man accidentally shot his teenage sister in the arm, thinking she was an intruder.

A Janesville Gazette report (http://bit.ly/1ksuhUL ) says the 20-year-old man from Huntley, Ill., arrived in Janesville on Monday to visit family.

Police say he didn't know his 13-year-old sister was home Wednesday afternoon. She had just gotten out of bed and he could hear movement in her room, and he figured someone was trying to break into the house through her bedroom window.

He got his father's 9 mm handgun and fired through the bedroom door. The bullet hit the girl's right triceps and also caused a flesh wound on her upper body.

Deputy police Chief Dan Davis says he plans to recommend a felony charge of recklessly endangering safety.


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