Accidental Shooting Near Campus Hours Before City Gun Forum
A UA student was injured early Friday afternoon — hours before a city gun forum was scheduled to take place — after accidentally shooting himself in the hand at the KUAF radio station in Fayetteville, according to UA police.
The shooting occurred at around 12:30 p.m. Friday when the firearm discharged in the student’s hand after he took it out of his backpack to show another person in the lobby of the radio station, said Lt. Matt Mills, spokesman for UAPD. At this time, it is not known if the person being shown the gun was a student or faculty member.
UAPD was notified of the shooting at 12:36 p.m. The student was taken to Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville with non-life threatening injuries, Mills said.
The student was in work study with KUAF, Mills said. The Federal Work Study Program provides jobs to undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, and allows them to earn money and pay back schooling expenses.
The name of the student is not yet being released and it is unknown if the student had a concealed carry license, Mills said. The firearm was a Taurus Judge pistol, which shoots .45 long colt bullets and shotgun rounds.
KUAF is a National Public Radio affiliate from the UA in Fayetteville and sister station to the UA student radio station, KXUA.
The shooting occurred less than four hours before the beginning of a Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce meeting in which representatives of the Arkansas legislature hosted a public forum concerning a bill that would allow faculty and staff of Arkansas universities to carry concealed weapons on campuses.