Man accidentally shoots self in leg at Gettysburg rally

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Authorities say a man participating in a free speech rally at Gettysburg National Military Park accidentally shot himself in the leg.

Park spokeswoman Katie Lawhon said the man's revolver accidentally discharged shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday near the Meade Equestrian Statue in the central Pennsylvania park.

Sgt. Anna Rose said United States Park Police responded to the scene and quickly applied a tourniquet, and the man was taken to a hospital for medical care. reported that he was talking with paramedics and seemed in good spirits.

Lawhon said she didn't know if the man was with a particular group but said he was participating in the "First Amendment" demonstrations taking place at the park on Saturday. Federal laws permit firearms in national parks.


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