UPDATE – Accidental Shooting in Marquette Leaves One Injured
MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Marquette City Police have arrested a Northern Michigan University student in connection with an early-morning shooting this week in Marquette.
21-year-old Nicholas Ireland of downstate Grosse Pointe was arrested for the shooting that happened Wednesday around 5:30 a.m. at 518 Fisher Street.
The shooting was determined to be accidental in nature. Police say Ireland was handling a .45 caliber handgun in the living room when the gun went off. A 21-year-old NMU student, Lauren Cockels of downstate West Bloomfield, was laying on a couch in the living room and was struck in the right knee by the bullet.
Several people at the house aided Cockels while Ireland called 9-1-1. Police responding to the scene recovered the handgun and the discharged round. They say alcohol was a factor in the case and Ireland was arrested on a two count misdemeanor warrant.
He is charged with Careless Discharge of a Firearm Causing Injury, which is a high court misdemeanor with up to 2 years behind bars or a $2000 fine. He is also charged with Possession of a Firearm While Intoxicated, which is punishable by up to 93 days in jail.
Ireland will appear Monday in District Court on the charges.
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