Man charged after 12-year-old boy hit by stray bullet while sleeping in Milwaukee home

Michael Montey

MILWAUKEE -- A 19-year-old Franklin man is facing charges after a 12-year-old boy was struck by a stray bullet while sleeping in his bedroom in Milwaukee.

Michael Montey was visiting a friend in an apartment near 24th and National on Tuesday morning, Dec. 4. A criminal complaint says Montey was with his friend in an upstairs bedroom. It was around 1 a.m., 12-year-old Isaiah Acosta was shot in the foot. He was rushed to the hospital.

Boy struck by stray bullet near 24th and National

Boy struck by stray bullet near 24th and National

"I was half asleep and all I felt was the pain," Acosta said. "I mainly started to question where did the bullet come from."

Police say it came from upstairs. The criminal complaint says Montey was seen standing in the bedroom with a black gun in his hand pointed at the floor. That floor was the ceiling of the bedroom where Acosta was sleeping.

The criminal complaint says, according to Montey's friend, Montey looked scared, nervous and upset. He allegedly removed a black backpack from his back, and placed a dark-colored semi-automatic handgun into it.

Isaiah Acosta

Many say it could have been much worse than a bullet to the child's foot.

"If it was angled anywhere else it would have hit my leg or somewhere else," said Acosta.

Montey is facing one count of first degree recklessly endangering safety (use of a dangerous weapon) and bail jumping. Montey will be in court again on Tuesday, Dec. 18. When the shooting happened, he was already out on bail for a drug charge.

Montey's bail was set at $20,000. He faces more than 18 years in prison.