Accidental shooting sends one man to hospital

BARAGA TOWNSHIP — Troopers from the Michigan State Police Calumet post were dispatched to a residence in Baraga Township for a report of a person who was shot.

The troopers were dispatched to the scene at approximately 12:50 a.m. on Saturday, and found a 31–year–old Baraga Township man with a gunshot wound on his shoulder when they arrived on the scene. A 28–year–old Ashland, Wisconsin man was providing first aid to the victim when the troopers got there.

The troopers were able to determine that the victim had walked out of the garage they were in, when the Ashland man had picked up the gun. The Ashland man was handling the gun when it discharged causing the bullet to go through the garage door and hit the victim.

The two males involved in the incident are close friends, and were drinking alcohol in the garage prior to the incident. The incident appears to be an accidental discharge of a firearm, but it remains under investigation.

The victim was transported to the Baraga County Memorial Hospital, and was later transferred to UPHS–Marquette for further treatment.