A 24-year-old man from Duluth has been charged with reckless discharge of a firearm within a municipality as well as illegal possession of a firearm, which he could not possess due to a previous domestic assault conviction.

Quentin Ray Cooke was arrested early Saturday morning after the Duluth Police Department responded to multiple reports of a shot fired. The incident took place around 10:25 p.m. Friday on the 200 block of 70th Ave West in Duluth.

When officers arrived, the alleged victim, a 26-year-old man later identified as Donald Felver, was not present. As of Wednesday, Duluth police had not located the victim and didn't know whether he was shot.

According to the criminal complaint, Cooke's mother had called saying that he shot a gun outside the house and then returned to the house with it. The mother said she believed Cooke was under the influence of drugs.

After arriving, officers saw Cooke exiting the front door and commanded him to get down on the ground. He had signs of physical injury, including blood running down his nose.

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Quentin Cooke
Quentin Cooke

Police interviews with Cooke and his mother revealed that he became upset after his mother wouldn't allow him to use her vehicle for the night. His mother called his friend because she believed he would be able to calm Cooke down, the complaint said. Cooke and the friend got into an argument outside, which then resulted in a physical fight. The mother said she saw Cooke run inside, grab a long gun and then fire one shot outside.

While searching the residence, police located a shotgun with blood on it and a spent shell inside the chamber of the gun. When asked about the shotgun, Cooke said he had no knowledge of it, the complaint said.

Cooke made his first court appearance Wednesday morning.

The incident occurred the day after Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken held a news conference in which he discussed an uptick in shootings and gunfire incidents this year.

So far this year, Duluth has already seen more gunfire incidents than all of 2019. Police have investigated at least 25 incidents in the last eight months. Fifteen of them have occurred since July.