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Monday, January 07, 2013 9:50 PM

Boyfriend shot gun that wounded boy, police report

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer

A 4-year-old boy who suffered a gunshot wound to the upper left leg Friday in north Ottawa was scheduled to be released Sunday from a Kansas City area hospital.

The 39-year-old Ottawa man who was arrested in connection with what police have classified as the “negligent” shooting of the boy remained in the Franklin County Adult Detention Center Monday afternoon at 305 S. Main St., Ottawa. Brian Keith Bruno was being held on $25,000 bond. Officials at the jail confirmed Monday that Bruno would make his first court appearance via video hook-up. A judge had yet to schedule that first appearance as of Monday afternoon.

Officers with the Ottawa Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the reported accidental shooting of a child about 12:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of North Oak Street. Bruno was taken into custody, and a handgun was recovered at the scene.

Ottawa police later charged Bruno on suspicion of aggravated child endangerment, endangerment and criminal discharge of a firearm. Bruno is suspected by police of discharging a handgun inside the residence, which wounded the boy. Bruno was the boyfriend of the child’s mother, police said.

Officers at the scene Friday said the boy’s wound did not appear to be life-threatening. He was taken by ambulance to Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

Capt. Adam Weingartner, with the Ottawa Police Department, said in an email Monday the latest condition update indicated the boy was scheduled to be released from the hospital Sunday. But Weingartner said Monday afternoon he had not received confirmation of the boy’s release.

Two adults, including the child’s mother, and two other children were inside the residence when the firearm was discharged, Weingartner said. No one else was injured, he said.

Police released no additional details Monday.

The shooting remains under investigation by officers and detectives with the police department and sheriff’s office.

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