A Laquey man is facing seven charges related to two incidents in which alcohol and the mishandling of a shotgun played a part.
Robbie Eugene McCullough, 51, of Laquey has been charged with one count of Assault in the second degree, four counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, one count of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon.
Pulaski County Sheriff's Department (PCSD) reported in the probable cause statement that a witness reported the incident at PCSD's office, prompting a follow-up investigation by PCSD officers. According to the statement, the witness reported that McCullough had a "sawed off shotgun" and during the process of putting it away, "pulled the trigger" discharging the gun near some children.
Another witness reported to PCSD, about the same incident,  that McCullough, while at the river on Highway 133, "was drunk and while unpacking camping equipment, grabbed a pillowcase and a firearm discharged into the ground."
According to the witness in the probable cause statement, McCullough allegedly had the shotgun inside the pillowcase and "when the shotgun discharged, the projectile struck her son" in his toe.
"I observed a split on the front of (name redacted) right big toe, extending down from the toenail," The investigating officer noted in the probable cause statement.
Several children and the witness were standing nearby, according to the probable cause statement, and were allegedly "all hit in the legs with either pellets from the projectile or rocks from the projectile hitting the ground. Each of them had several small circular wounds below the knees and around their ankles."
While speaking with the second witness, the officer reported in the probable cause statement that McCullough "stepped out of his residence" nearby and called him over.
"He stated he needed me to dispose of a firearm for him," The officer wrote in the PC statement.
McCullough showed the officer to the kitchen of the residence and allegedly asked the officer to "get rid of his gun because it went off and he believed it to be illegal due to its length," the charging document reported.
According to the statement, McCullough allegedly told the officer that, around two months previously, the gun was purchases from "an individual at the Buckhorn flea market." The officer reported that the barrel of the shotgun measured less than 16." The officer also reported finding one unspent shell next to the gun on the table.
"When I asked Robbie where the spent casing was, he stated he threw it into the river along with the pillowcase he stored the shotgun in," the officer said in the probable cause statement.
McCullough was arrested and, according to the probable cause statement, admitted to having "several beers before and while he was at the river."
 He has not been arraigned yet, his arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday, July 26 at 9 a.m. with Judge John Beger. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing.