Eau Claire (WQOW) – An Eau Claire man was arrested over the weekend after police say he shot his friend during a night of drinking.
Anthony Bedard, 34, is charged in Eau Claire County Court with 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety, possessing a firearm while intoxicated and 3rd offense driving while intoxicated.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called to Mayo Clinic Health System – Luther Hospital at 4:26 a.m. Saturday because a patient had a gunshot wound. The victim told police he and Bedard were drinking alcohol in a bar parking lot when Bedard pulled out a handgun and shot the victim in the right thigh.
Bedard tried to let the victim take care of the wound himself but they eventually went to the hospital.
When speaking with police, Bedard said he was very intoxicated and he only drove his friend to the hospital because it was an emergency.
Bedard told police he did not have a gun and did not shoot the victim.
Police say they found ammo, a used shell and two guns in Bedard’s truck, but not the gun used in the shooting.
Surveillance video showed Bedard parked his truck in front of the ER entrance and took off running with the gun used in the shooting. About 90 seconds later he returned to the hospital without the gun. Police eventually found the gun buried by Randall Street. That is just down the road from the hospital.
Bedard continued to deny the shooting even though the victim told both police and nursing staff Bedard did it.
Police said Bedard had an empty gun holster sticking out under his shirt. He told officers he carried that because he was in the process of getting a conceal carry permit.
Bedard told police he had four pints of beer and one or two shots of liquor in each one. He said his last drink was at 2:30 a.m. His blood alcohol content was .098.
He is free on a $5,000 signature bond. If convicted on all the charges, he faces 11 years and nine months behind bars.