Woman using gun’s laser sight as cat toy shoots her friend in the leg


A Wisconsin woman accidentally shot a friend while using the laser sight on a handgun to play with a cat, authorities said.

A criminal complaint charging the 19-year-old woman with negligent use of a weapon said she was visiting a Kenosha apartment on Tuesday afternoon when she picked up a handgun that had been brought by a 21-year-old man.

The woman, who a witness said had been drinking, “turned on the laser sight and was pointing it at the floor to get the cat to chase it,” the complaint filed Thursday said.

The gun went off, and the man, who was standing, was shot in the thigh, authorities said.

He left and went into another apartment, where police found him after responding to a 911 call, the Kenosha News reported. A tourniquet was applied to his leg before he was taken to a hospital.

There’s no word on his condition, but authorities said he was facing charges for violating bond conditions that prevented him from having a weapon.

The woman told police she thought the magazine had been taken out of the gun and said it “accidentally went off,” according to the complaint.