Wheeling Man Charged With Wanton Endangerment

A Wheeling man faces four felony charges after allegedly shooting the windows out of a car after an argument.

Around 10 p.m.April 10, Wheeling police responded to a 911 call reporting gunshots at 3635 Eoff St. At the scene, police allegedly located three spent 9mm casings and two live rounds just outside the residence.

A neighbor told police that she had heard gunshots outside, which prompted her to look out the window. At the residence, she saw a man holding a gun, which he pointed in her direction and fired, shooting out the window of the car parked in front of her house.

At the residence from where the shots allegedly were fired, Michael Mortakis Jr., 23 of Wheeling, invited officers inside and said he was the owner of a handgun, which he was unable to produce when asked. The gun’s case was empty and Mortakis was unable to tell police where it was. In the hallway of the home, officers allegedly found another shell casing.

Police then spoke to a woman who was inside the house at the time of the reported shots, who said Mortakis received a phone call, at which point he became hysterical. After the call, the woman said Mortakis ran outside yelling, before running back into the house and grabbing the gun. He allegedly put the gun to her head, yelling at her to “shut … up and sit still,” before going outside, at which point the woman heard gunshots. He then came back in and continued yelling.

A search warrant was obtained and a 9mm pistol, matching the brand of Mortakis’ gun case, was reportedly found.

Mortakis was charged with four counts of wanton endangerment with a firearm, a felony, and remains jailed in lieu of $100,000 bond.


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