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A CU student faces charges for allegedly shooting into a wall during a party.
Alex Grayson turned himself in on Thursday, Feb. 12 and was arrested for prohibited use of weapons and reckless endangerment and was booked into the Boulder County Jail.
According to a police report, on Jan. 19, Sean Brizendine, 18, invited about ten people to a house party in the 4500 block of Laguna Place. Among them were Jason Lacy, 19, and “a friend of a friend,” Alex Grayson, 20, a sophomore psychology major. Lacy and Grayson were partners in a game of beer pong and both admitted to consuming several servings of beer.
According to the report, Brizendine had a semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle, a 12-guage shotgun belonging to his father and a bow and arrow in his room.
Lacy took Grayson to Brizendine’s room to show him the bow and arrow, but Grayson picked up one of the guns, asked if it was real and fired it, possibly twice, into the wall of the apartment. Lacy told police that he believed Grayson fired the shotgun, and police later found a spent shotgun shell in the room. The gunshot hit a baseboard water heater, causing flooding damage.
Brizendine confronted Lacy and Grayson, seeking reimbursement for the damage, but the two quickly left the apartment.
Police contacted Grayson several days later concerning the matter, but Grayson was driving to Aspen “and his wireless connectivity was not the best.” Grayson told police “that he did not feel he was responsible, [for the damage] but could not clearly articulate why.”
Grayson later turned himself in.
The police report stated that a police officer and Brizendine “discussed the proper way to store weapons in a safe manner,” but the report makes no indication that anyone but Grayson is being charged with a crime.
Both Grayson and Lacy declined to be interviewed, and Brizendine could not be reached for comment.
According to the Boulder Police blotter, officers responded on Saturday to an injury accident at Table Mesa Road and 40th Street. An unnamed man crashed into the side of a house, hitting a fence, a tree and a support post for a porch. The driver was taken to the hospital with complaints of back pain.
The police report is not available because the incident is still under investigation, but junior news-editorial major Heather Koski, 21, lives at Table Mesa Road and 40th Street, and reported the car crashing into her house. Koski wrote for the Campus Press over the spring 2008 semester.
“It was the craziest thing, I was taking a shower yesterday before noon and I heard this huge noise,” Koski said. “[Then] looking out the kitchen window, I saw that a Land Rover ran into the backside of our house!”
Koski said she had never seen anything like it before.
“The accident is something I’ve only seen in movies,” Koski said. “Nobody thinks that a car will crash into their house, much less when they taking a shower. I am grateful that there were no fatalities because if the circumstances were different, people could have been injured or killed.”
Koski said that the driver had a suspended license and no insurance, that he is a former co-worker of hers and that “…he took down my whole fence, a tree and would have laid out our house if it hadn’t been made of brick.”
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Sam Dieter at Samuel.email@example.com.