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Juvenile admits to firing pellet gun from building

September 21, 2018

A Fort Wayne teen admitted in court Friday to firing a pellet gun from a downtown apartment building last month, striking a man in the head.

William Scott Hogan, 13, was charged as a juvenile with criminal recklessness and battery by means of a deadly weapon in the Aug. 14 attack. Both would have been felonies if he were charged as an adult.

He admitted to the criminal recklessness charge. The battery charge will be dropped as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

He told Allen Superior Court Magistrate Daniel Pappas he fired the gun from a home at West Berry Apartments on Berry Street, near Fulton Street. Bobby Dellarocco was struck in the head neary Henry’s bar and told investigators “he heard a bang and something hit his head,” according to a police report.

Bar employees also told police they heard “wizzing” sounds.

Dressed in dark green Allen County Juvenile Center-issued clothes, Hogan answered, “Yes, sir,” and “No, sir,” to questions from Pappas but otherwise didn’t speak.

A dispositional hearing is scheduled for Oct. 12.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit www.journalgazette.net after 1 a.m. Saturday.

mleblanc@jg.net

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