Georgetown College student charged after football player shot

jwarren@herald-leader.comMay 8, 2014 

Giddings Hall is the building pictured here on the Georgetown College campus.

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Police have charged a Georgetown College student with first-degree wanton endangerment after a football player at the school was shot in the leg early Thursday morning.

The shot apparently was fired inadvertently, according to Georgetown police.

Police Capt. Robert Swanigan said Terrence J. Boyd was arrested and taken to the Scott County jail after the shooting, which occurred about 1:30 a.m. in a parking lot near some tennis courts at the college athletics complex.

Boyd, 24, had signed to play for the Georgetown College basketball team, but he left the team without playing, according to Jim Allison, associate vice president for college relations.

The student who was wounded is a member of Georgetown's football team, Allison said. His name wasn't released.

The college initially had said both were football players.

Swanigan said Boyd and the other student were returning from a party early Thursday morning when Boyd began "playing" with a semi-automatic pistol. The gun discharged and a bullet struck the other student in the leg, Swanigan said.

"He (Boyd) was operating the slide mechanism on the firearm when there was a loud pop and the other student was hit in the leg," Swanigan said.

The student was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital for treatment and was released later Thursday, Swanigan said.

Swanigan said Boyd and the wounded student have given police differing accounts of what happened, and officers are working to sort out the details.

Allison confirmed that Georgetown College's student code of conduct prohibits firearms on the main campus and in residence halls and other buildings. It doesn't necessarily prohibit guns in vehicles, he said.

"We just don't know where the weapon came from at this point," Allison said.

Allison said the college is awaiting a report from police before deciding on any disciplinary action.

He said spring semester classes and final exams have ended, and many Georgetown students are leaving campus for the summer.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255

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