An Illinois man yelled racial slurs while he shot an air rifle at his African-American and Hispanic neighbors, media outlets report.
Police say Ryan J. Salsman, 36, is accused of firing his air rifle from the bedroom window of his Montgomery home toward an African-American man and Hispanic woman while they talked in their driveway July 27, Kendall County Now reported. He was shouting racial slurs as the gun went off, the news site reported.
Court records show Salsman fired five or six shots, according to the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago.
Officers arrested Salsman and he was jailed on charges of reckless conduct and misdemeanor aggravated assault, the Chicago Tribune reported. He was still in jail Tuesday when he was charged a felony hate crime, the newspaper reported.
Montgomery police detective Sgt. Jeff Ricedorf said officers hadn’t previously responded to problems between the neighbors, according to the Daily Herald.