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Police: Man admitted to shooting at house on Thanksgiving

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Kevin Hoffman
December 14, 2010
— A Janesville police detective testified Monday a "somewhat emotional" Samuel Morrow admitted firing a gun at a High Street residence on Thanksgiving, seriously injuring two people.

Detective Dennis LeCaptain interviewed Morrow hours after Eileen Chan, 21, and Robert Bowman, 28, were shot at 402 S. High St. LeCaptain said during a preliminary hearing Monday that Morrow seemed remorseful but acknowledged shooting at the home in an attempt to "scare people who attacked him."


Police said Morrow, 25, was involved in an altercation at the home and as he was leaving fired seven shots through the door and into the kitchen. One bullet struck Chan in the head, and another hit Bowman under the ribs.


Chan testified Monday, still resting in a wheelchair with a scar nearly 6 inches long visible on the left side of her head. Bowman remained at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, where he was listed in fair condition Monday.


After five witnesses testified for the prosecution Monday, the preliminary hearing was continued until 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.


Court Commissioner Stephen Meyer will determine whether Morrow probably committed a felony.


Morrow faces two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. He is being held at Rock County Jail on a $200,000 cash bond.


John Tek, who was with Morrow the night of the shooting, testified he was at the High Street home to pick up his 3-year-old daughter. Tek then began fighting with Bowman.


Tek said Bowman was dating his ex-wife, Rotha Rin, and earlier that day he received threatening text messages from Bowman, including a picture of him holding a gun.


Witnesses at the home each testified Morrow began waving a gun during the scuffle. About five or six people, including Chan, kicked Tek and Morrow out of the home.


Two seconds later, there were shots, said Vesal Kong, Chan's boyfriend.


"I just remember a scream, and then I blacked totally out," said Chan, who closed the door as Morrow left. "Then I woke up on a surgery bed."


Chan said she's now partially blind in one eye, has loss of hearing and trouble speaking.


Defense attorney Walter Isaacson questioned witnesses about their actions toward Morrow that night. He asked if there were any other weapons at the home, or if someone became physical with Morrow.


Isaacson asked LeCaptain to acknowledge that Morrow didn't intend on killing anyone, but the detective said Morrow admitted to holding a gun to Rin's head and saying "I'll kill you."


Janesville police officer Josh Johnson also testified Monday. He described being the first officer on scene and finding shell casings on the home's porch and in the driveway.



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