MILWAUKEE, Wis. – A Milwaukee man was charged Sunday with shooting two kids who threw snowballs at his car last month.
William Carson, 24, faces two counts of first-degree reckless injury and five counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, all felonies, WITI-TV reported.
On Jan. 4 several kids were playing in the snow when they began throwing snowballs at passing cars, prosecutors said. However, one driver became unhinged at the juvenile prank. Carson turned his vehicle around, got out and began firing a handgun as the seven kids scattered, according to the report.
As a result, a 13-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl were hit in the thigh and forearm respectively, authorities said. A third youngster was grazed by a bullet.
Investigators found nine spent shell casings from a 9mm firearm at the scene, along with two expended rounds.
Carson was arrested by Oak Creek police on Jan. 12 after he fled from officers and was reportedly found driving under the influence. Moreover, the weapon used in the shooting was discovered in the glove compartment of his vehicle and test-fired by investigators.
Carson told authorities he purchased the weapon for self-defense 11 days before the shooting, WITI-TV reported.
He was ordered held Sunday on $35,000 bond. His next court date is scheduled on Feb.25.