Police: 14-year-old shot while playing with gun

18-year-old arrested in the shooting
Police: 14-year-old shot while playing with gun
900 block of Badger Road shooting scene

An 18-year-old man, Madison police say, shot his 14-year-old cousin in the chest as the two family members played a dangerous game with a loaded gun Friday afternoon at an apartment at 914 W. Badger Road.

The 14-year-old remained in critical-but-stable condition Friday night at the UW Hospital’s Trauma Center.

Police say five young males were in the apartment shortly after 1 p.m. when the two cousins began playing with a loaded .22-caliber revolver.

While passing the gun back and forth, the 18-year-old, who police identify as Elliot Johnson, fired a single shot that hit his 14-year-old cousin in the front upper chest area.

Madison Fire Rescue personnel quickly arrived and stabilized the young victim.

“I can say the person was conscious and talking as a result of the trip to the hospital. So that’s very good information for us. Family members also went down to the hospital,” Madison Police Lt. Mike Hanson said.

Police say they were able to talk to everyone involved, arresting and charging Johnson shortly after 6 p.m. Friday with first-degree recklessly endangering safety for shooting his cousin.

Late Friday, MPD South District Capt. Joe Balles called the incident a tragic example of two young people handling a gun, saying the weapon appeared to belong to a family member.  It is not yet clear to police who that family member is, or how the teens were able to possess the gun.

Johnson is currently being held at the Dane County Jail.