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Police: Men playing with gun led to fatal shooting

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- A 20-year-old man is dead after he was shot in the head early Monday morning.

Green Bay police say the shooting happened just before 3:30 a.m. in the 1800 block of Harold Street.

"I got up and I looked outside and I saw the cops across the street and I didn't know what was going on," said Gary Verheyden.

Verheyden lives across the street from where the shooting took place.

"I was just sitting down in my chair, and I heard like a little pop and I just assumed it was a paperboy throwing a paper on the porch and that, I didn't think anything of it," said Verheyden.

Bryant Ellis, 18, was arrested on potential charges of first-degree reckless homicide. Ellis has not yet been formally charged and is expected in court later this week.

"What appears to have happened, was two friends, or acquaintances, were in the room together, and they were playing with a gun, it went off and the one person was shot in the head," explained investigating Cmdr. Jim Runge of the Green Bay Police Department.

Runge added drugs and alcohol were factors in the shooting.

"I think we'll wrap this up pretty quickly and then hand it over to the district attorney," said Runge.

The victim's name has not been released, pending notification of the family.





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