LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Deputies say a man who started shooting during a New Year’s party near Lawrence didn’t realize his two friends were downrange.
Killed were David Reed and Jason McCreary. Reed was a 35-year-old from Waverly Township and McCreary was a 40-year-old from Sutter Creek, California, near Sacramento, Van Buren County dispatch told News 8.
The shooting happened just after midnight Sunday on 60th Avenue near County Road 681 in Lawrence Township. A small group of people celebrating the New Year’s had set off fireworks when one of the men started firing a gun, the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office said.
Sheriff’s office Lt. Tony Evans said the man fired 5.56-millimeter rounds, which are similar to what is normally used in an AR-15-style rifle.
“The suspect, believing the range was clear — what they call a range — began shooting in that direction. That area was not clear and the two subjects ended up passing,” Evans explained.
A 62-year-old Lawrence Township man was arrested and has been cooperating with investigators. His name was not released. Evans said the victims were friends with the suspect.
“Obviously, an investigation will continue into that to see if there was any intentional act. But the investigation right now shows that it appears to be unintentional at this time,” Evans said.
The Lawrence Township man was held on temporary bond. He was expected to be arraigned Tuesday but that was delayed at least until Wednesday afternoon.