Man faces gun charges after shot fired through floor of Wood Dale residence

A DuPage County judge has denied pretrial release for a man accused of illegally possessing a gun.

Charles Starnes, 50, of the 0-100 block of North Avenue in Northlake, is charged with one count of armed habitual criminal, one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and one count of reckless discharge of a firearm.

Starnes fired a gun into the floor of a room at a sober-living house in the 400 block of Dunlay Street in Wood Dale at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, court records state.

Police say they found bullet holes in the floor, and in the ceiling and floor of the living room directly below his room. At least seven people were in the home at the time.

Residents of the house did not immediately call police. They called the next morning, after having a meeting in which they decided to remove Starnes and asked for police assistance getting him to leave, court records show.

The petition said Barnes told a resident he accidentally shot the gun.

Police say they found a 9mm Stoeger STR-9 pistol and a magazine loaded with nine rounds in a cooler in the trunk of Starnes’ vehicle.

Starnes’ next court hearing is scheduled for March 25.

According to court records, Starnes has been convicted five times of felony manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, once of felony robbery, once of felony forgery and once of felony unlawful restraint.

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