Friday, May 14, 2010

Man Who Open Carried Handgun Shot Two Men, Killing One And Paralyzed The Other

Jesus C. Gonzalez

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 14, 2010

Milwaukee - On Thursday, Jesus C. Gonzalez, 23, was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with first-degree intentional homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting death of Danny John, 29, and injuring his nephew, Jered Corn, 21, in the South side.
Last Sunday, Gonzalez called 911 to report he had shot several men who attempted to assault him at about 12:30 a.m. When police arrived Gonzalez came out of his home with his hands up and police noticed he was wearing an empty nylon gun holster. Police found a 9mm handgun inside his home by some boxes, according to the criminal complaint. 
Corn who survived the shooting, but remains paralyzed from his chest down told police, he didn't know Gonzalez and why he had shot them. Corn and John had just left Mamie's Tavern at the 3300 block of W. National Ave., when the fatal shooting occured. Corn said, he and John were headed to friends house nearby, but separately. Corn had walked and John was taking his vehicle.
Police found Corn wounded in the 3400 of W. National Ave. and also found John shot through the windshield inside his black Honda Civic with the engine idling nearby.  
Gonzalez has a history of openly carrying a weapon. His brother told police, Gonzalez always wears it when he goes out.  Gonzalez remains at the Milwaukee County Jail unable to post $100,000 bail, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.
In Wisconsin, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued an advisory in April 2009, stating the 'open carry' of a handgun, by itself, was not cause for a charge of disorderly conduct and was legal in the state to open carry. Although, some law enforcement agencies like Milwaukee Police Department will stop and question individuals exercising their right to carry handguns openly. But, police are powerless to prevent open carry, according to Van Hollens' advisory.

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