A Wisconsin man was arrested after prosecutors say he fired nearly a dozen shots at a cemetery near Lake Villa and admitted to the shooting when deputies questioned him.
Brent S. Shepperack, 29, of Racine, Wisconsin, was charged with possession of a firearm with a revoked FOID and reckless discharge of a firearm.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office was called Tuesday to East Fox Lake Cemetery, 24306 West Monaville Road in unincorporated Lake Villa, for a report of shots fired.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Emma Smoler said a nearby resident called 911 reporting he heard four gunshots.
The resident also said he spotted an SUV while hearing the shots, which continued while he was on the phone with the dispatcher.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived and met with the 911 caller and also located Shepperack standing near an SUV.
Shepperack was asked what he was doing at the cemetery, at which point deputies noticed shell casings near the man’s vehicle, Smoler said.
Deputies told him they received a shots fired call. They noticed Shepperack was wearing earbuds typically used for shooting, Smoler said.
Smoler said that Shepperack told deputies he was “sorry for shooting my piece.” He admitted he had a gun in the front seat of his vehicle.
Deputies found a Glock handgun in the front of the car. There were 11 shell casings recovered on the ground, Smoler said.
Shepperack said he was shooting at barrels. Smoler said the man had been firing toward the road and there are multiple houses within 500 feet of the cemetery.
Shepperack also does not have a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification card or a concealed carry license.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak told Shepperack he was lucky that none of the shots hit anyone.
Potkonjak ordered Shepperack held on a $250,000 bond.
Shepperack remains held in the Lake County Jail and would need to post $25,000 cash in order to be released.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 22.