A Huntley man was arrested early this week in Kane County after a woman reported seeing what she described as three teenagers firing a gun in their backyard while a school bus went by.
A Kane County sheriff’s report obtained Tuesday showed that Davon E. Manning, 21, of Powers Road, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of reckless discharge of a firearm. Kane County sheriff’s deputies began investigating after a caller reported at 4:01 p.m. Friday that the three people were firing a pistol in Manning’s backyard and were shooting in the direction of Powers Road, which she said was “dangerous especially since a school bus was passing by.”
The caller told a deputy that the three teens saw her using her phone as she called dispatchers, and she last spotted them going into the house after taking the target down, according to the sheriff’s report.
A deputy walked through the property and said nothing of evidentiary value was found, and it looked like no one was home. After the deputy knocked on the door, someone inside who did not identify himself or herself told the deputy to call a specific cellphone number regarding the incident, according to the report. Manning answered and allegedly admitted firing the pistol toward the road, saying it was a “bad idea.”
Manning said he just received his Firearm Owner’s Identification card and was practicing, according to the report. The deputy wrote that he explained that gun safety rules prohibit firing a gun so close to a road and his actions could result in losing his FOID card.
The deputy called Manning’s mother, who owns the property, and she said she thought her son could fire his gun “because others do it as well in the neighborhood,” the report states. The deputy wrote that the group had been shooting the gun for about 30 minutes, and each person took turns firing the pistol.
The charge is a Class B misdemeanor, which typically is punishable by jail time and a fine. Manning was to receive his notice to appear in court when he met with the deputy Sunday, according to the report.
Manning couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.