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Police Arrest Des Moines Man After Stray Bullet Goes Through Floor

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Des Moines police have arrested a 19-year-old man they believe fired a shot from a handgun that went through the floor of his apartment and struck a downstairs neighbor.

Police arrested Chad Ashley, 19, on Friday night. Police say the 34-year-old neighbor was shot in the chest and was taken to a Des Moines hospital, treated and released.

Ashley was arrested on suspicion of reckless use of a firearm.

Police say Ashley's mother told officers the gun was one of two she had bought earlier in the day and that it fired after falling from a living room case. However, police say the woman told them she had not bought ammunition and did not know how the gun came to be loaded.

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