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Police: Man charged after firing shots at lawn ornaments to impress girlfriend

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Updated: June 20, 2012 12:15PM

A 19-year-old north suburban man opened fire with a shotgun on an unoccupied vehicle and a yard ornament Friday night to impress his girlfriend, according to police.

About 10 p.m. Friday, Waukegan police responded to a call of shots fired in the 900 block of Glenwood and the 2300 block of Ridgeland.

An officer found a vehicle, along with a yard globe ornament, had been shot, police said. Officers also Found several shotgun shell casings.

Detectives from the Gang Intelligence Unit identified William Golden as a suspect, and when they interviewed him, he allegedly admitted his involvement.

Golden, 19, of the 1900 block of Washington in Waukegan, was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, two counts of felony criminal damage and unlawful use of a weapon. He was being held Wednesday morning at the Lake County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Golden was shooting to impress his girlfriend, police Chief Daniel Greathouse said in a statement.

“We were fortunate that this suspect didn’t hit anyone during his little rampage,” Greathouse said. “I was advised by the detectives that this incident was not gang-related, but the suspect was firing the shotgun to impress his girlfriend. 

“Hopefully, some time in jail with new friends will teach him how to impress people in a more productive manner,” the chief said.

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