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Man arrested after bullet fires through ceiling, hitting mom

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A 21-year-old West Des Moines man has been arrested after a gun he was handling fired, sending a bullet through a basement ceiling that hit his sleeping mother.

Paramedics were called to the home around 5 a.m. Friday and found a 43-year-old woman shot in her upper body.

She was taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

Police say her son told officers he had been holding the handgun in the home's basement when it fired, sending the round into the ceiling and through a bed on which his mother was sleeping.

He called 911.

The son faces charges of reckless use of a firearm causing injury and three drug possession counts.

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