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Accidental shooting in Manchester leads to cousins' arrest

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Stephen McCann (Manchester police photo) Stephen McCann (Manchester police photo)

A story about an accidental shooting at a "house party" in Manchester landed a couple of cousins in hot water.

Police said their investigation led to the arrest of 31-year-old Stephen McCann.

They said the victim,  31-year-old Emily Acelin, was brought by her sister to Manchester Memorial Hospital around 10 p.m. The victim reported that she was at a house party somewhere near Cooper Street when she was "accidentally shot" by the party's host.

She said the host was someone named "Pete."

Through the investigation, police said they learned that Acelin was not being truthful with regards to the details of the location and person involved in the shooting.

They eventually found that it happened on Spencer Street and it involved her cousin, McCann.

Police said the suspect's cousins knocked on his door before the incident happened. 

Not knowing who was there, McCann pulled out his 9 mm Beretta handgun. When he realized it was his cousins, he tucked the gun into his waistband.

Police said after the cousins went in to speak with McCann, McCann went to go put his weapon away.

They said it appeared that McCann had his finger on the trigger and accidentally shot a round.

The round hit Acelin in the thigh.

She was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

McCann was charged with illegal discharge of a firearm, second-degree assault, second-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree breach of peace.

He was held on a $50,000 bond and scheduled to face a judge on Monday.

Acelin was charged with interfering with police and released on a $5,000 bond. She is due in court on July 21.

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