Milwaukee man accused of shooting 6-year-old niece near 49th and Meinecke

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A 29-year-old Milwaukee man is facing charges in connection to a shooting that left his 6-year-old niece in critical condition. 

It happened near 49th and Meinecke on Sunday, July 24. 

According to a criminal complaint, the girl's father told investigators he was asleep next to the 6-year-old when he heard multiple gunshots coming from outside the residence. He then looked at his 6-year-old daughter and realized she was shot. 

The young girl suffered critical injuries. 

The criminal complaint says following the shooting, the girl's father looked outside and saw an older model white Pontiac Firebird driven by 29-year-old John Jackson. Officials say Jackson is the brother of the 6-year-old girl's mother. 

Authorities located surveillance video that showed a white Pontiac Firebird in the area at the time of the shooting. 

At approximately 3 p.m. July 24, Milwaukee police officers located the Firebird near 27th and Clarke and found Jackson asleep inside. He was taken into custody. Officers searched the vehicle and located a loaded 9mm handgun. 

Investigators interviewed Jackson, who stated on July 24, he decided to "shoot up the house," and was "fed up" with the young child's father. He told officials he shot at the residence approximately 12 times but didn't know if he struck anyone. Jackson allegedly stated he targeted the house because he knew the girl's father lived there. 

When authorities told Jackson his niece had been shot and seriously hurt, he responded that his life was over and he will be locked up forever. 

Jackson is facing charges of one count first degree reckless injury, use of a dangerous weapon, and first degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon. 

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