Updated Jan. 14 at 12:57 p.m.

Shooting in Houghton Lake puts citizens on alert

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HOUGHTON LAKE — The Michigan State Police in West Branch say local residents should not be affected by a recent shooting in Houghton Lake that has residents in Roscommon County on lockdown.

Roscommon County Sheriff Ed Stern said during a press conference Monday that just before midnight late Sunday night, there was a report that someone had been shot at a home in Houghton Lake. He reported that three suspects dressed in dark clothes had allegedly entered the home and shot a 29-year-old male from Houghton Lake. Stern said the subject’s faces were covered and they were reportedly armed with handguns.

Stern said the victim was taken to Munson Grayling Hospital where he passed away due to his injuries.

Stern asked that local residents be vigilant, but added that police did not think there was any additional danger.

“We have no further information that the offenders are targeting other individuals, and we believe this motive was for one specific reason,” Stern said. “We encourage all the citizens to be vigilant and to watch their surroundings. However, we have no reason to believe at this time that the offenders are randomly targeting citizens of the community.”

He asked anyone with information about the crime to contact the authorities.

Houghton Lake Community Schools canceled all classes Monday morning in response to the threat, as did Charlton Heston Academy in St. Helen.

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