A Carmel High School graduate jailed for the fatal shooting of a friend at Purdue University was released on $10,000 bond Sunday.
Cory Lynch, 22, is facing preliminary charges of reckless homicide and felony pointing of a firearm for shooting Landon Siela, 21, at about 7 p.m. on Saturday. Siela is from Fort Wayne.
Lynch, a Purdue junior, told police the shooting in his campus apartment was an accident. West Lafayette Police Sgt. Jason Philhower said Lynch and his roommate, William Calderon, 22, of Fort Wayne, were playing a joke on Siela when a semi-automatic handgun discharged and the bullet struck Siela in the neck.
"They said they wanted to scare him when he came out of the bathroom," Philhower said.
Siela was not a student but was visiting Lynch and Calderon on the weekend before classes start at Purdue.
Philhower said the men were dinking liquor at the time. Lynch and Calderon took breathalyzer tests and would have been considered legally drunk if they were driving. Philhower would not say what they registered on the breathalyzers.
Lynch and Calderon, also a Purdue junior, pointed handguns at Siela when he left the bathroom. They thought both guns were unloaded but Lynch's gun fired a shot.
One gun was legally registered to Calderon but police were unsure who owned the other gun.
Both Lynch and Calderon called police from their cell phones after the shooting. One student was giving Siela cardiopulmonary resuscitation when police and paramedics arrived.
Calderon was charged with misdemeanor pointing a firearm and false informing. He also posted bond and was released from the Tippecanoe County Jail.
Lynch graduated from Carmel High School in 2005. Attempts to reach him Sunday night were unsuccessful.