An Illinois man has been arrested on suspicion of accidentally shooting a guest at his home in the head.
Jacob W. Krueger, 22, is facing a number of charges after St. Charles Police were called to an apartment in the 200 block of North Tyler Road at around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 15.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found a 20-year-old male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the head, reported CBS.
Investigations revealed that Krueger, who was the one who called 911, was handling a 9-millimeter handgun when it accidentally discharged and hit the other man, who is from Geneva.
The victim was taken to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva, where he remains in a serious condition.
Police ruled that the shooting was unintentional.
During a search of Krueger’s home, detectives also seized several other firearms and marijuana.
Krueger was taken into custody and charged with armed violence, felony reckless conduct to cause great bodily harm, felony possession with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver more than 30 grams of marijuana but not more than 500 grams, felony possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana but not more than 500 grams.
The St. Charles Police Department has been contacted for further comment.
In June, a shooting outside a nightclub in St. Charles left one person dead and three others injured.
Michael D.V. Carwell, 22, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder, and three counts of aggravated battery with a firearm following a shooting in the parking lot of Trilogy Nightclub at around 2 a.m. June 27.
The shooting killed Khalief McCallister, with the gunfire injuring three others.
In a statement, St. Charles Mayor Lora Vitek said she enacted an emergency closing of the Trilogy nightclub and suspended their liquor license in the wake of the shooting.
“Please know that the Trilogy applicants were vetted following the same established process we utilize for every liquor license applicant,” Vitek said.
“We performed comprehensive background checks, met with both the owner and partner, and they stood before the Liquor Control Commission and the City Council. We also can say that there were no prior incidents that could have served as a warning to the events that eventually unfolded.”
Vitek added: “I know you feel anxious and frustrated. We all want answers and action. But please remember this is an ongoing criminal investigation by our police department and the other law enforcement agencies involved. There is a process to be followed to make sure those responsible are held accountable.”