A Duluth man who allegedly shot a gun several times into the air during an incident in Superior’s north end bar district Saturday, Dec. 12, made his initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court Monday.
Cameron Gary Norris, 22, faces one felony charge of first-degree recklessly endangering safety with the use of a dangerous weapon and a misdemeanor count of operating a firearm while intoxicated. He was released Wednesday on a cash bond of $10,000 and was ordered not to use or possess alcohol, not possess any firearms and have no contact with Lady Vi’s in Superior, where the incident took place.
Superior police officers were dispatched at 12:32 a.m. Dec. 12 to a report of gunfire in the vicinity of Lady Vi’s, 628 Tower Ave. The initial report was for a fight between two men. The shooting was reported while officers were en route.
At the scene, officers spoke with Norris, who appeared to be intoxicated and had injuries and blood on his face. No gun was found on Norris during an initial pat down, according to the criminal complaint.
Witnesses reported seeing Norris get in a fight with another man. One witness said Norris busted a cup over the head of the other man and then they began tussling.
Surveillance footage from across the street showed a fight breaking out among a group of people outside Lady Vi’s. A man who appeared to be Norris was on top of another man throwing punches, the complaint said. More people got involved, and Norris was pulled away. After the fight was broken up, Norris pulled a firearm from his waistband, pointed it in the air and fired it multiple times. Several people were in the area where the gun was fired, according to the complaint.
When questioned by Detective Joel Markon, Norris said he was attacked by several men outside Lady Vi’s and pulled out his gun because he thought his life was in danger. He admitted to being intoxicated, according to the criminal complaint.
Three suspects fled the scene in a vehicle, which crashed shortly after on the Blatnik Bridge, according to a news release from Superior Police Officer Marc Letendre. All three then fled from the crash scene, but were quickly located by the Duluth Police Department. Police located a firearm on one suspect believed to be the gun involved in the shooting. Duluth police arrested that person.
Another suspect was transported to a local hospital to receive treatment for injuries from the car crash.
The next court appearance for Norris is scheduled for Dec. 23. The felony charge carries a maximum penalty of 12.5 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000. The sentence can be increased by up to five years for the penalty enhancer for use of a dangerous weapon.