Golden Gate Estates man arrested after target-practice bullet strikes neighbor

A Golden Gate Estates man was arrested Sunday after deputies said his bullet struck a neighbor in her residence while he was shooting a handgun in his backyard for target practice. 

Juan Arreguin, 41, was charged with shooting a missile into a dwelling and discharging a firearm in public. 

Around 12:20 p.m. deputies received a report of a woman with a possible gunshot wound in the 2900 block of Eighth Avenue Southeast in Golden Gate Estates, according to the Collier County Sheriff's Office.  

Juan Arreguin

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Yennifer Gomez, 21, appeared to have injuries to her right arm and right side, according to the CCSO. She was treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released. 

Gomez told deputies she was sitting at her dinner table next to a window when she heard a crash and felt something strike her right arm and side, according to the Sheriff’s Office.  

Deputies discovered a hole in the window and a bullet on the floor 8 to 10 feet away from Gomez. She told deputies she heard gunshots coming from the residence behind her property, according to the CCSO. 

Arreguin had been shooting at a bottle set up against packed-down mulch with his Ruger 40 S&W handgun, according to the CCSO.  

Firing a weapon in a yard is against the law if it is done negligently or recklessly. Additional information on gun safety can be found on the CCSO website.  

Arreguin is set to be arraigned in Collier County on Jan. 22. 

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