Woodstock police announced charges on Monday against a 13-year-old and 14-year-old boy who sold a stolen gun to another juvenile, who then accidentally fired the gun in the Woodstock Square on Sunday.
Woodstock police were called at 1 p.m. Sunday to a report of shots fired in the area of Beck and Beck Insurance Center, 113 East Van Buren Street, in the Woodstock Square.
Police found a 17-year-old boy and took him into custody. A handgun was recovered at the scene after police found it laying on the ground. The boy was transported to the Woodstock Police Department where officers learned that a 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy were also involved.
Both of them were located by police near the Woodstock Square and taken into custody. Detectives learned that the 13-year-old and 14-year-old boy had committed several car burglaries over the weekend. During one of the burglaries a handgun was stolen.
On Sunday, the 13-year-old and 14-year-old met up with the 17-year-old to sell him the handgun in the Woodstock Square for an undisclosed amount of money. Shortly after the transaction was completed one round was fired from the gun, in what police call a “negligent discharge of a firearm.”
The 17-year-old boy was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm and firearm ammo and unlawful use of a weapon. The 14-year-old boy was charged with burglary to motor vehicle, unlawful possession of a firearm and firearm ammo and criminal trespass to vehicle. The 13-year-old boy was charged with unlawful sale or delivery of a firearm, burglary to motor vehicle, unlawful possession of a firearm and firearm ammo and criminal trespass to vehicle.
The three juveniles are currently being held in the Kane County Juvenile Detention Center in St. Charles while they await a detention hearing.