Police: Argument led to Janesville shooting

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Ted Sullivan
Saturday, November 27, 2010
— When John Tek dropped off clothing for his ex-girlfriend and their two children, he didn’t expect that interrupting a Thanksgiving Day party would turn into a double shooting.

But Tek bumped into his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend, prompting an argument, Janesville police reported. Suddenly, Tek’s roommate, Samuel Morrow, flashed a 9 mm handgun, police said.

Tek fled with at least one of his two children, ages 3 and 5, but Morrow decided to fire seven shots, hitting two of 11 people at the party, police reported.

“At this point, there is nothing to connect Tek to that gun or to any involvement with Morrow bringing that gun to the house,” Deputy Police Chief John Olsen said.

Tek’s unintended run-in and argument at 6:20 p.m. at 407 S. High St. were what police say led to the shooting of Eileen Chan, 21, and Robert Bowman, 28, the new boyfriend. Chan was a guest at the party; she is not Tek’s ex-girlfriend.

Chan was shot in the head, and she remained in good condition Friday at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center in Janesville. Bowman was hit in the back, and he remained in critical condition Friday at Mercy.

Tek, 27, of 609 Park St., Janesville, was arrested at his home on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.

He was released with a scheduled court appearance.

Morrow, 25, of 609 Park St., Janesville, was arrested on two felony charges of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. He remains in the Rock County Jail while awaiting an initial appearance in Rock County Court.

According to Olsen:

Tek and Morrow entered the home without permission to give Tek’s children the clothing. Tek and Bowman then began arguing. Tek then left the home with one or both of his children.

At some point, Morrow brandished a 9-mm handgun. People at the party then started pushing Morrow out the door. After leaving, Morrow turned around and fired multiple shots through the front door.

Tek was arrested shortly after the incident and released. He told police he didn’t know his roommate had brought the gun. His children were placed with their mother.

Morrow was found four hours later sitting in his parked Dodge Durango at Wilson Elementary School. The gun was in his vehicle.

Investigators remained at the scene of the two-level home across from Fourth Ward Park on Friday. They were searching for bullets lodged in walls at the home and at a neighbor’s home. Police searched Morrow’s and Tek’s homes and the house where the shooting happened.

Several police officers were called in to work after the shooting because it was Thanksgiving Day.

“Luckily, we had our street crimes unit in, so they did a lot up front until detectives could get in,” Olsen said.

Online court records show Morrow and Tek have no criminal history in Rock County.

Last updated: 3:23 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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