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Accidental Shooting Prompts City Heights School Lockdown

Photo caption: San Diego police officers are pictured surrounding Rosa Parks Elementary Scho...

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San Diego police officers are pictured surrounding Rosa Parks Elementary School during a brief lockdown, July 7, 2015.

An accidental shooting in City Heights left a man in his 20s with an ankle wound Tuesday afternoon and prompted a brief lockdown at a primary school in the neighborhood.

The victim was hanging out with friends and "playing with a gun" at Jeremy Henwood Memorial Park — named for a San Diego police officer gunned down in the line of duty in 2011 — when the weapon discharged about 1:45 p.m., SDPD spokesman Matt Tortorella said.

Administrators at nearby Rosa Parks Elementary School secured students and staffers indoors for about a half-hour while officers investigated.

Medics took the victim, whose name was not released, to Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest for treatment of the non-life-threatening leg injury.

It was unclear what type of charge the shooter might face over the accident, though a count of negligent handling of a firearm was among the likely possibilities, Tortorella said.


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