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Brother charged in S. Elgin shooting accident

Alejandro Garci/ phofrom Kane County Sheriff's office

Alejandro Garcia / photo from Kane County Sheriff's office

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Updated: June 9, 2013 6:24AM

SOUTH ELGIN — The brother of a 20-year-old man found with a bullet wound Sunday has been charged with a variety of crimes connected with the shooting, which investigators were told was accidental.

The Kane County Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday afternoon that after an investigation, 28-year-old Alejandro Garcia of the 1100 block of Woodcliff Drive in unincorporated South Elgin has been arrested.

The incident came to light around 12:30 a.m. Sunday when South Elgin police stopped a car for speeding in downtown South Elgin. Inside they discovered Garcia’s 20-year-old brother, whose name authorities did not release, suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.

According to reports, he told South Elgin police that the incident had occurred at his home in the 1100 block of Woodcliff.

He said he and Alejandro had been handling a revolver when his brother accidentally shot him, authorities reported.

According to reports, sheriff’s deputies went to the house and spoke to Alejandro. Deputies discovered that the shooting took place in a bedroom and that Alejandro Garcia’s 2-year-old child had been in the same room at the time of the shooting.

Deputies said they also discovered about 35 grams of cannabis in the home but were unable to locate the gun involved in the incident.

Kane County sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler said Garcia has been charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, a Class 4 felony; destruction of evidence, a Class 4 felony; possession of cannabis, a Class 4 felony; possession of a firearm without a valid firearm owners identification card; a Class A misdemeanor; possession of ammunition without a valid FOID card, a Class A misdemeanor; and causing a child to be endangered, a Class A misdemeanor.

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