19-year-old Galesburg man arrested for accidental shooting

Galesburg Police say they have arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with the shooting of a 14-year-old juvenile Tuesday.
19-year-old Austin Sundberg says the shooting was accidental, although he admitted to hiding a handgun from police.

Police responded at just before noon Tuesday to the 100-block on North Chambers Street.

The female, juvenile victim was taken to Cottage Hospital by paramedics and later to OSF St. Francis in Peoria with a gunshot wound in her right shoulder.

Two others were found in the same apartment, Sundberg and a juvenile male.

Sundberg told investigators that he found the victim down in the parking lot behind the building, and that he carried her up to his apartment.

An officer, assisted by a K9, was able to find a handgun behind Holt Plumbing Supply on Chamber Street.

Witnesses on scene reported hearing a loud bang and a person screaming in pain.

A search warrant was obtained for Sundberg’s apartment, leading to authorities finding a spent bullet and a box of ammunition.
Sundberg was arrested, facing charges of reckless discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm without a valid FOID card.