Wisconsin woman accidentally shoots friend while using a gun's laser sight to play with her cat.
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Authorities say a 19-year-old Wisconsin woman accidentally shot a friend using a handgun’s laser sight to play with a cat.

Jashanti Pleasant of Kenosha was charged Thursday for negligent use of a weapon.

According to the criminal complaint, Pleasant was visiting an apartment with three other people Tuesday afternoon. One of them brought a 9mm handgun that he set on a dresser.

An eyewitness said Pleasant, who allegedly had been drinking alcohol, took the handgun, turned on the laser light, and pointed it to the floor to get the house cat to chase it when the gun suddenly went off, according to the Kenosha Times.

The 21-year-old gun owner standing by the doorway was shot in the thigh with the bullet going through his leg and hitting a stove.

Police found the man and placed a tourniquet on his upper leg to stop the bleeding. He was rushed to the Froedtert Pleasant Prairie Hospital for treatment of his wound.

When investigated, the 21-year-old claimed that he had removed the gun’s magazine before placing it on the nightstand.

The recovered gun, however, yielded a round in the chamber and six rounds in the magazine.

Had the magazine been removed before Ms. Pleasant handled the firearm, the accident would have been prevented.

The injured man is facing charges for illegal possession of a firearm.

The gun owner has been out on bond since June 2020 and charged with several counts of first-degree on a separate incident for reckless endangerment for his role in an incident in January 2020 when shots were fired at a home.

In that case, the man allegedly drove the vehicle the men involved in the shooting used to get to the house.

Pleasant was released on a signature bond.



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