Aurora man fires gun to ring in New Year, seriously injures sleeping man: police

Miguel Reyes, 48, is accused of firing shots at midnight New Year’s Day and striking a man sleeping inside a nearby home in the abdomen, police said.

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A west suburban Aurora man is in custody after allegedly firing celebratory gunshots New Year’s Day and seriously wounding a sleeping man in a nearby home.

Miguel, Reyes, 48, is charged with felony counts of reckless discharge and reckless conduct, according to Aurora police.

Miguel Reyes

Miguel Reyes

Aurora police

Officers responded shortly after midnight Jan. 1 to the 1600 block of Fredericksburg Lane for a call of a man shot in the abdomen while asleep in his home, police said. The man told police he saw a bullet hole in the wall, and he was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

Investigators discovered the shots were fired from the 2300 block of Grand Pointe Trail, less than half a mile away, and found more than 30 shell casings outside a home, police said. During a search of the home, they found a handgun in a car in the driveway.

The handgun belonged to Reyes, who told officers he fired multiple rounds at midnight, police said.

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