Gilberts man fired AK-47 toward I-90: prosecutors

Steven Mendoza, 24, was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, the Kane County state’s attorney’s office said.

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Steven Mendoza allegedly fired his rifle towards I-90 on July 28, 2019

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A Gilberts man faces felony charges after he allegedly fired his AK-47 rifle toward Interstate 90 Sunday because people were laughing outside his home in the northwest suburb.

Steven Mendoza, 24, was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, the Kane County state’s attorney’s office said.

Steven Mendoza

Steven Mendoza

Kane County state’s attorney’s office

About 2 a.m., Mendoza heard six-to-eight people laughing in his neighbor’s yard and got angry, prosecutors said. He then fired 14 shots from his rifle in the air toward the intersection of I-90 and Illinois Route 72 near his home.

Mendoza’s bail was set $10,000, prosecutors said. Kane County Associate Judge Linda Abrahamson demanded that Mendoza surrender his guns if he posts bond.

Mendoza is next due in court July 31.

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