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Iowa man messing with gun shoots mom sleeping in bed upstairs

WEST DES MOINES – An Iowa man was allegedly messing with a handgun in a basement when the gun fired through the ceiling, striking his sleeping mom upstairs in a bed.

On Friday, January 13th, 2017 at 5:12 AM, West Des Moines Emergency Services were dispatched to 300 18th Street in regards to a person who suffered a gunshot wound. Upon arrival, emergency responders located 43-year-old Jennifer Mary Carter of West Des Moines with a non life threatening gunshot wound and she was transported to a local hospital.

The 911 call was placed by the victim’s son, 21-year-old Gage Kyran Mauk of West Des Moines. Mauk advised investigators he was manipulating a handgun in the basement when it discharged. The round travelled through the basement ceiling, through the bed Carter was sleeping in on the main level and struck Carter.

A search warrant was conducted at 300 18th Place and at the conclusion of the investigation Mauk was charged with the following:

-Reckless Use of a Firearm Causing Serious Injury

-Possession of Schedule I Narcotics

-Possession of Schedule IV Narcotics (Two counts)

After posting bond on all charges Mauk was released from custody.

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