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Crime & Courts

Brother charged in Elgin Township shooting

ELGIN TOWNSHIP – The brother of a man who was accidentally shot in the abdomen this weekend was charged with three felonies, including reckless discharge of a firearm, the Kane County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Alejandro Garcia, 28, of the 1100 block of Woodcliff Drive in Elgin Township near South Elgin, also was charged with felony destruction of evidence and possession of approximately 35 grams of marijuana.

Garcia also was charged with misdemeanor possession of a firearm and ammunition without a firearm owner’s identification card and endangering a child.

Each of the three felonies carries a punishment of one to three years in prison and fines of up to $25,000; the three misdemeanors each carry a penalty of up to a year in jail and fines of up to $2,500.

Garcia posted $3,000 bond, 10 percent of his $30,000 bail. He is to appear in court May 15.

In a statement, sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Pat Gengler said the charges stem from an incident that occurred about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, when South Elgin police stopped a speeding car and discovered a 20-year-old male passenger who had been shot in the abdomen.

The passenger told police he and his brother were handling a revolver when the brother accidentally shot him.

Sheriff’s deputies went to the house on Woodcliff Drive, where they discovered that the shooting occurred in a bedroom and Garcia’s 2-year-old child was present at the time.

Deputies also found approximately 35 grams of marijuana, but not the gun used in the shooting, the sheriff’s office said.

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