Lawrence shooting sends one man to hospital; likely ‘accidental discharge,’ DA’s office says

Lawrence police say a 25-year-old man shot another man Saturday night, sending him to the hospital.

Around 9:15 p.m., officers arrived at a home in the 1500 block of Pinewood Drive for a report of a shooting, said Lawrence Police spokeswoman Kim Murphree. There, officers found a 21-year-old man lying on the ground in the garage with a towel wrapped around his calf and about four witnesses around him.

“It appears to be a case of accidental discharge,” said Cheryl Wright Kunard, Douglas County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman. “We are reviewing the reports to determine if any laws were broken.”

The victim — whose name has not been released — suffered a single gunshot wound to the leg, Murphree said. He was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital and later transferred to a Kansas City-area hospital for treatment. A condition report was not available Monday.

Witnesses told police the suspect was holding the gun when it fired and hit the victim, Murphree said. She noted the suspect and victim know each other.