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Police give details on arrest in connection with shooting

Man accused of firing gun out car window

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
Zachary A. Wade
Donald Charleston

STERLING – More information was made available Wednesday about the arrest of a Sterling man in connection with a shooting that happened in November.

After 1 a.m. Nov. 16, Don E. Charleston, 34, was a passenger in a car in downtown Rock Falls when he fired a gun owned by Zachary A. Wade, 24, out an open window, police said.

Wade also was a passenger in the car at the time, police said, and alcohol was involved.

About 30 minutes later, Wade, of Rock Falls, fired that same gun twice into a Sterling apartment, police said.

According to police, Wade had ongoing issues with someone inside the apartment at the time.

No injuries or property damage was reported, police said.

In November, Wade was charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm with no FOID card, and unlawful use of weapons.

Charleston was arrested Tuesday on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and reckless discharge of a firearm.

Both Wade and Charleston were in Whiteside County Jail on Wednesday on $100,000 bonds.

Charleston’s previous felony convictions in Whiteside County include aggravated battery, criminal damage to property, and criminal trespass to state land.

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