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ECU soccer player wounded in accidental shooting

Posted January 20, 2010

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— A soccer player from East Carolina University was in good condition at WakeMed Wednesday recovering from a gunshot wound, authorities said.

Jessica Gail Swanson, 22, a fifth-year senior at ECU, was shot in the stomach when her boyfriend accidentally fired a gun while cleaning it, according to the Johnston County Sheriff's Office. Investigators are looking into the incident, and family members said they have no reason to suspect an ulterior motive.

William Hamilton, 21, was also hurt when his gun fired, his father told a Greenville newspaper. The bullet passed through his hand and hit Swanson, the sheriff's office said. He was treated for his injury and released.

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  • itsnews2me Jan 20, 2010

    If you can't tell if a gun is loaded or not, you shouldn't be handling it

  • the opinion no one asked for Jan 20, 2010

    not buying it, as a gun owner I do not believe any story that says "did not know the gun was loaded and it accidentally went off while cleaning"

  • cagerat42 Jan 20, 2010

    GUN SAFETY PEOPLE!!!!!NEVER ASSUME A GUN IS EMPTY.ALWAYS TREAT IT AS BEING LOADED.