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Covington UGA student accidentally shoots himself in the leg on campus

ATHENS, Ga. - A 21-year-old University of Georgia student from Covington accidentally shot himself in the leg Tuesday afternoon in a student lounge of the Chemistry Building, according to a UGA Police Department incident report. 

UGAPD Officer Josh Epps responded to the fourth floor of the Cedar Street building around 1:55 p.m. to find the student who said he "had accidentally discharged his handgun into his upper left leg," according to the report. Epps applied a tourniquet on the wound. 

An ambulance arrived at 2:07 p.m. and the student was transported to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center for treatment, Epps reported. 

The investigation was turned over to UGAPD Criminal Investigation Division and the firearm was secured as evidence. 

According to the report, a UGA employee in the building notified police of the shooting.