Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s officials have taken a 16-year-old Campbellsport boy into custody in connection with the shooting of a seven-year-old girl with an arrow. The incident earlier this month caused serious injuries to Aryanna Schneeberg, requiring surgery to repair her liver, lung, and other internal organs.
Sheriff Mick Fink says the suspect claimed to be shooting at a squirrel from an apartment deck, when he heard the girl scream. The boy and a 17-year-old friend were apparently afraid to come forward after the girl was injured, and Fink says they “were not truthful” with investigators the first time they were interviewed. Additional tips resulted in a second interview, during which Fink says the boy described what happened.
AUDIO: Sheriff Fink (:12)
The 16-year-old has been referred to juvenile authorities on second degree reckless injury and obstruction charges. The 17-year-old boy could also face charges.
Fink says it’s comforting that the community no longer has to worry about a shooter being at large who might be targeting children.
The arrests came after police increased a reward for information in the case to $10,000, although Fink does not believe that played a role in finally locating a suspect. He says they are trying to determine if anyone will receive the reward money.
Bob Nelson, KFIZ