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Boy admits shooting man with pellet gun

September 22, 2018

A 13-year-old boy admitted in court Friday to shooting a man in the head last month with a pellet gun from a downtown apartment building.

William Scott Hogan was charged as a juvenile with battery with a deadly weapon and criminal recklessness. Both would be felonies if he were charged as an adult.

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

William told Magistrate Daniel Pappas he fired the weapon Aug. 14 from inside the West Berry Apartments building on Berry Street, near Fulton Street. Bobby Dellarocco was struck in the head near Henry’s bar on West Main Street, about 100 yards from the apartment building.

Dellarocco told investigators “he heard a bang and something hit his head.” Bar employees said they heard “whizzing” sounds around the time he was shot, according to a police report.

Dressed in dark green Allen County Juvenile Center-issued clothes, William answered, “Yes, sir” and “No, sir” to questions from Pappas but otherwise did not speak.  

A dispositional hearing is scheduled for Oct. 12 : the same day his brother, Caleb Scott Hogan, 17, is set to be in court to face charges of battery with a deadly weapon and criminal recklessness.

Caleb, who also is charged as a juvenile, was with his brother and fired shots from the air rifle, according to court documents.

A woman, who is not identified in court documents, was struck with something Aug. 9 in front of SCAN, which is separated by a parking lot from Henry’s. The woman was bleeding heavily from her nose and thought something fell from the SCAN building and struck her on the nose, according to a police report.

A Fort Wayne police officer found a piece of metal : possibly a pellet : near the entrance of the building, the report says.

Only Dellarocco’s account is included in court documents filed for William and Caleb, however. A witness to the shooting told police he saw two young males in a window on the 10th floor of the apartment building.  

mleblanc@jg.net

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