Teen charged with gun theft
The gun used in the New London drive-by shooting had been stolen, police say.
In addition to his attempted homicide and reckless endangerment charges, Austin Merryfield, 19, now faces a felony theft charge.
Two days after the Nov. 1 shooting incident on Shawano Street, the parents of a 16-year-old boy met with New London Police Officer Nick Kamba and Waupaca County Deputy Peter Kraeger.
They said Merryfield was their son’s friend, and he stayed at their home on Oct. 28.
After she learned about the shooting and read a description of the gun, the mother checked and discovered their .22-caliber revolver was missing from their bedroom.
New London police found the gun they believe Merryfield used in the shooting in the Embarrass River, in Outagamie County.
The couple identified the gun as the one stolen from them.