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A Wood River Junction man is facing charges in connection with a November shooting in Groton that left another man with serious injuries.

The man, 26-year-old Leonard A. Lacey, was arraigned in New London Superior Court Monday on charges of first-degree assault, unlawful discharge of a firearm, criminal use of a firearm, possession of a firearm without a permit and second-degree threatening. He was held following arraignment, officials said, and did not enter a plea during his first appearance.

Lacey was first taken into custody last week after members of the Richmond Police Department charged him Thursday as a fugitive from justice in the case. He waived his right to an extradition hearing, according to Rhode Island judicial records, and was turned over to the City of Groton Police Department the following day.

The fugitive from justice charge was dismissed Monday, records show. 

Groton police said Lacey was wanted in connection with a Nov. 3 shooting that occurred around 3 p.m. along Ledyard Avenue. According to police, a group of three men including Lacey had arrived at a home and planned to pick a fight with a man who was there. The identity of the victim has not been released.

The police said after starting a physical confrontation, Lacey pulled out a pistol and fired several rounds at the victim, striking him four times. The police said the victim was taken to Lawrence + Memorial hospital in New London, where he was treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries.

During an investigation, the police said a witness reported that the group of men had run down the street and got into a Ford Explorer with Rhode Island plates before driving away and turning onto Smith Street.

The charge isn't the first for Lacey in Connecticut. In October, Norwich police charged him with reckless driving. A rearrest was ordered in December after he failed to appear in that case.

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