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Grandfather Charged in Gunfire in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - An 83-year-old man has been charged with reckless use of a firearm after he fired a gun during an argument Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Police responded to a disturbance with a weapon around 1:06 p.m. at 1526 Sixth Ave. SE. Police said George Stevens and his 30-year-old grandson were arguing when Stevens fired a round from a revolver outside of the residence. Authorities said the bullet struck a tree and no one was hurt.

Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said Stevens told police he decided to retrieve a gun because he wanted everyone to leave the residence. Stevens was charged with reckless use of a firearm, and allowed to sign a promise to appear in court.

It was the fifth report of gunshots in Cedar Rapids this year, after a record year for gunfire in 2012.

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