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Man charged with attempted murder of Mich. college student

An East Lansing police cruiser parked at the scene of a shooting in the Cedar Village student apartment complex on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Big Rapids, Mich. Robert Killips, AP

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — Michigan authorities have charged a 20-year-old man with shooting a Ferris State University student at his off-campus apartment.

DeCory D. Downing is charged with attempted murder and having a firearm in a felony, Ferris State University Public Safety Director Bruce Borkovich said Sunday.

Police made the arrest late Saturday at an on-campus apartment, school spokesman Sandy Gholston said. He said police also were questioning a woman. The victim's injuries aren't life-threatening.

Investigators didn't yet know a motive in the shooting, Borkovich said. He said there was a party nearby at the time of the shooting before dawn Saturday, but it was unclear whether both men were at the party or knew each other.

"Early indications are that it may have just been an argument that went bad," he said.

Downing is from Macomb County in suburban Detroit, isn't a student at Ferris State and has an "extensive criminal record," Borkovich told MLive.com. He was being held in the Mecosta County Jail and was expected to be arraigned Monday in district court.

CBS affiliate WWMT reports that Downing was taken into custody following a standoff that lasted hours.

Classes and activities on campus were canceled or suspended Saturday but were to operate normally Monday, Gholston said.
  • Crimesider Staff

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