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Bail set at $650,000 for man in crossbow shooting

SYCAMORE – Bail was set at $650,000 Tuesday morning for a Cortland man accused of shooting a woman Monday evening in the face with a crossbow.

Gary D. Aspengren, 64, of the 200 block of South King Street, was charged Monday with one count each of aggravated battery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated domestic battery and armed violence.

The victim told police at the hospital that Aspengren stepped out of his house around 4:30 p.m. Monday and shot her in the face with a crossbow while she was sitting in her car in his driveway. Court documents identify the victim as a "family member" of Aspengren; police have said Aspengren and the victim were in a long-term relationship.

The arrow struck her cheek, the documents said. She was taken by ambulance to Kishwaukee Community Hospital and was transferred Monday evening to OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Her condition was not immediately available Tuesday morning.

DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said Monday that the attack was the result of an "ongoing domestic disagreement about a few things."

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