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Police: 19-year-old dead in accidental shooting near McHenry

Maxwell T. Cannon

McHENRY – A 19-year-old is dead and a 22-year-old Woodstock man is charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless discharge of a firearm after an accidental shooting near McHenry Wednesday night, police said.

McHenry County Undersheriff Andrew Zinke said that just before 8:40 p.m., Maxwell T. Cannon was showing off a handgun to several friends who were gathered at 1901 N. Woodlawn Park Ave., near McHenry.

"He reportedly removed the magazine, thought [the gun] was empty, pointed it at a friend and pulled the trigger," Zinke said. "A bullet was still in the chamber. He shot him in the chest and killed him."

The deceased has been identified as Anthony Kloeckner of McHenry, Deputy McHenry County Coroner Curt Bradshaw said. An autopsy was scheduled for mid-morning.

Cannon, of 1245 Club Road, Woodstock, was taken Wednesday night to McHenry County Jail, where bond was set at $30,000. The charges against him are both Class 3 felonies. His next court appearance is scheduled Jan. 6, the McHenry County Sheriff's Office said in a press release.

Tony Cannon, Maxwell's father, said this morning that his son and the Cannon family are devastated and praying for the Kloeckners.

"We are absolutely heartbroken," he said. "He was his best friend."

Zinke said the investigation into the tragic incident is ongoing and more charges might be filed at a later date.

"The message here is familiarizing yourself with a gun as well as gun safety," Zinke said. "You should never point a gun at anyone. I feel terrible for the family – for all of the families."

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