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Article updated: 7/10/2013 4:11 PM

North Aurora police: Man beat relative, fired shotgun into ceiling

By Harry Hitzeman

A 45-year-old man was charged with beating a relative with a shotgun and firing the gun into a ceiling during a domestic attack in North Aurora Tuesday night, according to police and court records.

Gregory R. Bishop, of the 100 block of Grace Street, North Aurora, faces up to seven years in prison on the most serious charge of possession of a weapon by a felon.

He was being held on $100,000 bail and is next due in court July 24.

According to court records, Bishop was arrested by Aurora police and charged with attempted murder Oct. 13, 1999. Bishop, who was homeless at the time, was accused of using a broken vodka bottle to slit a woman's throat and stabbing her.

Bishop was convicted in March 2001 and sentenced to 14 years in prison, records show.

North Aurora Deputy Police Chief Scott Buziecki said in a news release that police were called to West State and North Lincolnway streets at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday for a 31-year-old victim who said he was struck in the face with the butt end of a shotgun. Buziecki could not immediately be reached for additional comment Wednesday.

The victim told police he lived in the 100 block of Grace with Bishop, who is accused of kicking open a bedroom door, firing the shotgun into the ceiling, and striking the victim with the shotgun butt, police said. The victim managed to escape.

Bishop also is charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated assault, along with misdemeanor domestic battery and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence, according to court records.

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