Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Arrest follows boy's shooting

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 1/4/2013

A 25-year-old Ottawa man has been arrested in connection with what police have classified as the “negligent” shooting of a 4-year-old boy Friday afternoon in north Ottawa.

The boy’s wound did not appear to be life threatening, authorities said at the scene about 12:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of North Oak Street.

A 25-year-old Ottawa man has been arrested in connection with what police have classified as the “negligent” shooting of a 4-year-old boy Friday afternoon in north Ottawa.

The boy’s wound did not appear to be life threatening, authorities said at the scene about 12:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of North Oak Street.

Officers from the Ottawa Police Department and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported accidental shooting of a child in the north side residential neighborhood. They located the 4-year-old boy, who had suffered a single gunshot wound to the upper leg, police said.

The boy was treated at the scene by first responders with the Ottawa Fire Department and Franklin County Emergency Medical Services, Capt. Adam Weingartner, with the Ottawa Police Department, said.

“The child was transported by ambulance to Children’s Mercy Hospital with apparent, non-life-threatening injuries,” Weingartner said.

The boy was conscious and appeared to be suffering from a wound to the left leg when paramedics carried him from the home to a waiting ambulance at 12:43 p.m. His condition was unknown Friday evening.

Ottawa police took Brian Keith Bruno, 25, Ottawa, into custody at the time of the shooting and later arrested him on suspicion of aggravated endangerment of a child, endangerment and criminal discharge of a firearm.

Officers recovered a handgun at the scene.

Bruno remained in the Franklin County Adult Detention Center Friday night, pending a court appearance.

Two adults, including the child’s mother, and two other children were inside the residence when the firearm was discharged, Weingartner, who classified it as a “negligent” shooting, said. No one else was injured, he said.

Police did not release the names of the other individuals in the home at the time of the shooting.

“Officers and detectives from both agencies continue to investigate the case,” Weingartner said, referring to police and sheriff’s officers.

Doug Carder is senior writer at The Herald. Email him at dcarder@ottawaherald.com

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