Soldier charged in Christmas shooting death of fellow soldier

Casey Grove

A Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson soldier is charged in the shooting death of another soldier at the military base Christmas morning, according to the Army.

Pfc. Grant Wise, 25, was found in another soldier's barracks room and declared dead about 7:45 a.m. Dec. 25, the Army said.

On Wednesday, the Army announced it had charged Spc. Marshall D. Drake, 23, with involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide and failure to obey regulations.

Drake shot Wise, the Army said in a written statement Wednesday. Drake also wrongfully stored his personal firearm and ammunition in the barracks and failed to disclose and register the gun, the Army said.

Army spokesman Lt. Col. William Coppernoll said he could not release further details about how the shooting happened.

Drake is an infantryman with the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. Drake is orginally from Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Wise, originally from Fairport, N.Y., was also assigned to the 4-25th.


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