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Juvenile charged in accidental shooting

A 16-year-old Mt. Morris boy is facing three felony charges and a misdemeanor after he accidentally shot a Mt. Morris man in the abdomen with a stolen semiautomatic .45-caliber handgun early Monday morning in Oregon.

The shooting victim, Allen Hayenga, 20, is in the intensive care unit at KSB Hospital, Dixon, Oregon Police Chief Darin DeHaan said Tuesday.

Ogle County State’s Attorney Eric Morrow said the juvenile was charged Tuesday morning in Ogle County Juvenile Court with aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 felony; possession of a stolen firearm, a Class 2 felony; reckless discharge of a firearm, a Class 4 felony; and possession of a firearm without a FOID card, a Class A misdemeanor.

He was detained at Morrow’s request and is being held at the Kane County juvenile detention facility in St. Charles.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 18.

DeHaan said the shooting took place at 2:20 a.m. on Jan. 8 in an apartment at 408 1/2 W. Washington St., above H&R Block, across the street from the Ogle County Courthouse.

DeHaan said the teen was displaying the handgun when it fired.

A resident of the apartment called 911, and Hayenga was transported to KSB by Oregon ambulance.

According to a press release issued Monday by DeHaan, the gun may have been taken from a vehicle in Oregon within the last year.

Its owner is being sought, and anyone with information is asked to call the Oregon Police Department at 815-732-2803.

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