ROSCOE, Ill. (WTVO) — Roscoe Police say a child was injured in an accidental shooting on Thursday afternoon.
Around 1:30 p.m., police responded to the 10000 block of Bitterroot Road and found a young child had suffered a gunshot wound to the leg after a gun was “accidentally discharged by a family member.”
Richard Heimer, 34, was arrested and charged with endangering the life and health of a child. On Friday, the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office added the charge of Reckless Discharge, which carries a penalty of up to 3 years in prison.
The child was taken to a hospital for injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening, police said.
On Monday, October 30th, police said the child had been released from the hospital.