Crime

Two hit in accidental shooting in Douglass Park

Two young people suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds Monday night in Douglass Park when one of them accidentally fired a revolver, Lexington police said.

A woman, 20, and a 16-year-old boy were each shot in the leg about 6 p.m., Lexington police Lt. Dean Marcum said. Both were taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

Lexington police initially had said they were looking for a suspect in the shooting. But Marcum said later that the teen admitted to police that he had been playing with a .38-caliber revolver and accidentally shot himself and the woman in the leg.

"It grazed his leg and then hit her in the leg," Marcum said. "He probably had it in his lap, and she's sitting next to him. It hit the top part of his leg and then hits her. I can see it easily happening."

The shooting happened in the parking lot near a building where community meetings are often held.

Marcum said no charges will brought against the teen because the shooting was an accident.

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