Prosecutors: 7-year-old struck by gunfire during confrontation after she reported sexual assault
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Sanchez Wilson

By Hannah Jewell and Katie DeLong, WITI

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- A Milwaukee man is facing charges, accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl who was later struck by gunfire during a confrontation regarding that sexual assault.

Sanchez Wilson, 36, faces three counts:

  • First degree child sexual assault -- intercourse with a person under 12
  • First degree reckless injury, use of a dangerous weapon
  • Possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony

According to a criminal complaint, on Friday, March 29, police were dispatched to the area near 28th and Glendale, where they found Wilson with a gunshot wound. They learned a 7-year-old girl had been shot and taken to the hospital.

Investigators spoke with a sibling of the 7-year-old girl, who said she indicated Wilson had sexually assaulted her.

Later, the complaint said Wilson was seen on the front lawn of a home in the area, holding a gun and pointing it toward the street, and another man was pointing a gun toward Wilson. Two to three shots were fired.

The 7-year-old's mother told investigators she had been at work that morning, when her sister called to tell her about the sexual assault. Later, she, her daughter, and others were in a vehicle -- and a family friend arrived and overheard the conversation -- becoming upset. That man was standing in the street when Wilson came outside and an argument ensued. The mother said she didn't see either man pull out a gun, but did hear two to four gunshots -- and realized her daughter had been struck. She carried her inside and then drove her to the hospital.

The 7-year-old girl told investigators both men had guns -- with the family friend shooting at Wilson, and Wilson shooting at the family friend -- when she was struck. The girl required surgery at the hospital as a result of the gunshot wound.

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