Woman arrested after Eau Claire drive-by shooting

By: Joe Nelson Email
By: Joe Nelson Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - A drive-by shooting in Eau Claire ended with holes in a home and a woman in jail.

A witness said 20-year-old Kayla Wilbur drove past his home, northwest of downtown Eau Claire, while a passenger fired three gunshots.

Wilbur is now charged with recklessly endangering safety, as an accomplice.

An Eau Claire man, who didn't want to be identified, said he was helping Wilbur through some tough times.

"I've been through stuff myself and I'd give her counsel or just listen to her, trying to help her out,” the man, who we’ll call “Tim” said.

Tim said he let her store things in his garage, after she was evicted from her home. He said on Sept. 21, Wilbur took money from his house.

“I saw her take it, confronted her and she got very defensive and in my face and I told her to leave and she left out he back and threatened me and my two children that are two and three and sped out of the driveway,” Tim said.

“She said ‘You and your kids are going to get it tonight.’”

But she returned.

“I heard what I thought were three, sounded like a cap gun, because the air conditioner was on and I’m in the house so it didn't sound so loud, and I saw someone reach their arm over the roof of the car and ‘bang bang bang.’ And then they squealed away.”

Tim said he didn't realize his home was hit by bullets until he found two holes in the siding and another at his neighbor's home, upsetting him.

“I have a two-year-old autistic son and a three-year-old daughter that, they're my everything.”

He and his two kids along with his neighbor's daughter were home at the time, but no one was hit or injured.

“This just reminds me how important my kids are to me and you know, very happy that they're safe and nothing did happen to them. Grateful to have them.”

A detective found her car on Tuesday and arrested her.

“I’m mad that my kids or other children could've been effected by it, but hopefully this will be her wakeup call and straighten her life out,” he said.

The shooting was about a block away from the fire at Reach Inc. Sept. 27, but police said the two crimes are unrelated, except that meth amphetamine may have been a factor in both.

Police said Wilbur was not the shooter.

They haven't arrested anyone else so far. If convicted, Wilbur could up to face 37 years in prison.

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