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One charged in city shooting

December 14, 2012
By JOHN PEPIN - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - A downstate Grosse Pointe man has been arrested and charged with an accidental shooting that injured a 21-year-old Northern Michigan University student Wednesday at a home on Fisher Street in Marquette.

The 21-year-old man, whose name is not being published prior to a court appearance, is scheduled to be in Marquette County District Court at 8:15 a.m. Monday.

He is also a Northern student and is charged under a two-count misdemeanor warrant with careless discharge of a firearm causing injury and possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The first charge is a high court misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison and a $2,000 fine. The second charge is a punishable by up to 93 days in jail.

The shooting was reported to police at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday and occurred inside a residence at 518 Fisher St.

Marquette City Police Department Detective Capt. Gordon Warchock said investigation revealed the man was handling a .45-caliber handgun in the living room area of the home when it accidentally discharged. Police said the man had taken the gun from another individual in the house as a safety measure.

At the time of the shooting, Lauren Cockels of West Bloomfield was laying on a couch in the living room when she was struck by the bullet in her right knee. Several male subjects in the house went to her aid as the man who police said accidentally fired the gun called 911.

Cockels was reported in fair condition this morning at Marquette General Hospital. Police recovered the gun and the spent round.

Bond was set by a court magistrate and the accused was released on a personal recognizance bond.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.



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