FSU shooting suspect facing 17 charges

DeCory Downing. (April 2012 file photo courtesy Macomb County Jail)

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The man charged in the shooting near Ferris State University that left a male student injured was arraigned on 17 counts Monday.

DeCory Demarco Downing, 19, was arraigned in Mecosta County District Court on the charges of assault with intent to murder, homicide – attempted murder, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, five counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and nine other weapons charges.

Downing as arrested just before midnight Saturday. The shooting happened early Saturday morning at the Venlo Place off-campus student apartments, followed by a manhunt and standoff.

The standoff and Downing’s arrest occurred on campus at the Finch Court apartments. Students in the complex were evacuated during the standoff, and no other injuries were reported.

The victim, who police have not identified to the media, was treated at a Grand Rapids area hospital and has since been released.

Investigators said Downing is not a Ferris State student and didn’t appear to know the victim, although they said the shooting was not random.

While police are still trying to determine what led up to the shooting, they did say there was a party near the area where the shooting happened, and there was some kind of argument or altercation before the shooting occurred.

24 Hour News 8 will continue to follow this story as more information is released. Check back with woodtv.com for updates.

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