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Man allegedly fires gun near day care, surrenders to police

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A man is in custody after he allegedly fired a gun in the parking lot of the day care center where his estranged wife works.

Michael Montgomery, 35, faces a felony criminal recklessness charge for the incident at Kids Angels, a day care center and preschool on the 1500 block of East Hillside Drive.

None of the employees or the 2- and 3-year-old children were injured, Bloomington Police Department Capt. Steve Kellams said.

"At no time did it appear the children were ever in any direct danger," he said.

A Kids Angels employee called police at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday to report a shot fired outside the center, Kellams said. Witnesses including Montgomery's wife told officers Montgomery had walked into the center, placed a box containing his wedding ring and divorce papers on a banister near the front, looked at his wife and left without saying a word.

After he walked out, his wife heard a gunshot, she told police. Another employee went to the door and saw Montgomery getting into his gray Ford Fusion while holding a handgun.

Kellams said police found a 9 mm shell casing in the parking lot but are not sure in what direction Montgomery fired the shot. No damage was found to the building, the parking lot or any surrounding cars.

Police surrounded Montgomery's home on the 800 block of West Fairway Lane. After several attempts to contact him via phone, he came to the front door and complied with police orders.

He was arrested and taken to Monroe County Correctional Center. Police served a search warrant on the home and found 16 firearms, including handguns, rifles and shotguns.

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