COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. - A 30-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the chest in Columbia County Thursday morning.
According to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office press release, the gun was leaning against the front door of a residence in the 11800 block of SE CR-245. The homeowner, Patricia Barber, said the 22 caliber rifle was placed there to protect her chickens from a fox.
Her son, Brian Wayne Ward, went to move the gun at about 11:45 a.m. when it dropped and discharged because the safety was off. The bullet hit the right side of his chest and exited through his right shoulder.
Ward was conscious and alert when he was transported to UF Health.
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