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Girl is Shot Through Head; Recovery seen [Joan Schaefer]
Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 10 Aug 1939, p. 5, 35
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Joan Schaefer, 9 years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Al M. Schaefer, 1501 Washington avenue, was shot through the head at 6 o’clock Sunday evening, as she was playing with other children in an automobile parked across the street from her home. She was removed by her parents to the office of Dr. H. 0. Wishaar, and then to Evanston hospital where an x-ray picture revealed the cause of the wound. On Monday night Chief of Police Cloyd CMcGuire had put his entire force of day and night officers on a canvass of the surrounding neighborhood in search of 22-calibre rifles. Among other homes approached was that of Edward Heinzen, 1515 Washington avenue, next door to the home of the victim. Sergeant Arthur Hawkinson went to the home and interviewed Edward Heinzen and his son, Peter Heinzen, 38 years old. Peter Heinzen was arrested on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, and placed under $5,000 bond. Further legal developments must await the outcome of the unfortunate accident. The crisis a the condition of the victim is expected by Friday night.

Photograph Joan Schaefer, 9, and her sister, Helen, 7
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10 Aug 1939
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Schaefer, Joan
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Girl is Shot Through Head; Recovery seen [Joan Schaefer]