Jealously is supposed to have prompted the shooting of Will McKeen, aged 19 years, who was wounded by an unknown assailant late Tuesday night at his home near Portland Mills. McKeen was shot at three times by his assailant but only one bullet struck him. He was wounded in the left shoulder. The bullet has not yet been located but his physician believes the wound is not dangerous.
Charley Slavens, a neighbor boy, was this morning arrested, charged with having fired the shots. Rivalry for the good graces of Miss Jessie Goodwin, a young lady who lives in the neighborhood, is supposed to have caused the shooting.
McKeen had been to call on Miss Goodwin on Tuesday evening. He returned to his home at near 11 o’clock. As he started to drive under the buggy shed to unhitch his horse the shots were fired from under the shed. The assailant then ran out of the rear end of the shed and disappeared in the darkness. Only one of the bullets struck McKeen.
Both McKeen and young Slavens had bid for the affections of the young lady and it is believed that Slavens, prompted by jealousy, fired the shots. He lives on the farm adjoining McKeen. Both live near the Putnam and Parke County line. Slavens was arrested this morning on a charge of assault with intent to kill.
Charley Slavens, who lives just north of the county line, and who was arrested on a charge of shooting Will McKeen, a neighbor boy, last Tuesday night, has confessed to the Rockville officers where he was taken and placed in jail. He says that he fired the shots, but fired them in fun. His story is that he and McKeen had been to call upon young ladles that night. He got home first and hid in the McKeen buggy shed. When young McKeen arrived home, Slavens fired shots, to scare McKeen he says. He did not aim at McKeen, he says. One of the shots must have glanced as it hit McKeen in the shoulder making a slight wound. Slavens then ran home and telephoned for a doctor to wait upon McKeen. He was so scared that he at first denied the shooting. It is believed that the boy will not be prosecuted.
Greencastle (Indiana) Star-Democrat, May 15, 1908.