17-year-old convicted felon accused of firing stolen gun inside home, nearly striking sleeping child

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RACINE (WITI) — A 17-year-old from Racine has been criminally charged — accused of firing a gun on the second floor of a home. The bullet then went through the floor and ceiling — nearly striking a child in a bedroom on the home’s first floor.

Aaron Herrick

Aaron Herrick

Aaron Herrick faces the following charges:

  • possession of a firearm by a felon
  • negligent handling of a weapon
  • concealing stolen property (less than $2,500

On Sunday morning, May 17th, just after 1:00 a.m., police were called out to a home in the 2600 block of Jean Avenue in Racine for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers made contact with a man who reported he was sitting in a room downstairs watching TV when he heard a loud bang. The man’s 10-year-old stepson then came running from a bedroom where he had been sleeping. The man entered the bedroom and found a bullet hole in the headboard of the bed where the child had been sleeping — and spent bullet next to the bed.

Officers found another bullet hole in the bedroom’s ceiling, and a bullet hole in the floor upstairs — in the bedroom belonging to Herrick.

A criminal complaint filed in this case says Herrick and his brother were questioned by officers as to who fired the gun. Eventually, police say Herrick began crying and said he didn’t want to go to jail. Herrick eventually agreed to show officers where he had hid the gun — in the backyard of the home. Herrick told police he threw the spent bullet casing “somewhere outside.” That bullet casing wasn’t recovered.

Officers recovered the gun and ran its serial number through dispatch — determining the gun had been reported stolen. It was a Smith & Wesson 9mm semi-automatic handgun.

Herrick pleaded guilty to a theft of movable property from a person/corpse charge in 2014 and that conviction remained on record at the time Sunday’s incident occurred. As a convicted felon, Herrick is unable to possess a gun.

Herrick will be in court in Racine County on May 27th for a preliminary hearing.

8 comments

  • Sammich Olioso

    In my version of USA laws upon conviction this guy is sentenced to go in front of a firing squad….Anything less will cost an innocent life further down the road guaranteed!

  • ASTRALOPITHICUS AFRICANUS STUPIDITOUS

    Clearly this is a hanging violation. Soon as he is convicted, he must be led out of the court house as his next of kin is wailing and hung by the neck until dead at red arrow park. This should send out a very strong message to illegal gun holder.(no pun). Of course the courts can be flexible and allow him to be shot by a firing squad using high velocity projectiles that will explode his heart with one round, although it will require a little more clean up it should be an option.

  • Gary Hamilton

    Don’t worry Aaron our liberal judicial system will just give you a slap on the wrist. They actually want you to murder someone before they lock you up for a long time!

  • Rick Muelver

    How can there even be such a thing as a 17 year old convicted felon who is not currently in jail? I have always thought of a felony as a relatively serious crime. One where, if convicted, a person would have to spend several years (5-10?) in prison. Did this guy commit his felony at the age of 7? 12? Or did he only spend on year in jail? What is obvious here is that our justice system is too soft on crime and the innocent suffer the consequences.

  • selfentitled

    This is just becomming too easy. 1)black dude 2)felon 3)firearm 4)shots fired 5)racine.

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