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Teen, 16, shot in the face; suspect arraigned

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:18 PM
bvargo@grandhaventribune.com 616-842-6400 ext. 231

One teen is in critical condition and another teen is in jail after a shooting Wednesday night in a home just outside of the Village of Lamont.

Ottawa County Sheriff’s deputies responded at about 9:15 p.m. to a home in the 3900 block of Leonard Road. They found a 16-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the face, said Lt. Mark Bennett.

The victim was taken to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, where he was still in very critical condition late Thursday afternoon, Bennett said.

Police said Richard Usher, 18, shot the 16-year-old in the face with a .22 caliber gun. Usher was arraigned Thursday afternoon on attempted manslaughter and felony firearms charges. He is lodged at the Ottawa County Jail on a $200,000 bond.

The teens, of Tallmadge Township, were involved in horseplay with the handgun, Bennett said. "There had been some discussion and talk about a game of Russian Roulette. Bennett said they did believe the teens were playing that game.

Alcohol and marijuana were also in use, he said. "It certainly appears to be a factor in this incident."

Four other males, ages 17-19, were also present, but were not injured, Bennett said.

The incident is still under investigation.

Both teens were former students at the Coopersville school district, but school officials there said they attend an alternative education high school.

Allendale Public Schools Superintendent Dan Jonker confirmed the victim was a student at the New Options Alternative Education High School in Allendale, which serves students from Coopersville, Hudsonville, Jenison and Allendale school districts. A crisis team had counseling in place today at the 90-student alternative high school.

Check back at grandhaventribune.com for updates.

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