Topeka woman accidentally shot by neighbor

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Topeka police say a woman has been shot and wounded by her neighbor who was cleaning his rifle.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports ( ) the woman was shot in the forearm in her apartment Tuesday evening as she returned from grocery shopping. Sgt. Steve Roth says the man had removed the magazine from his gun but didn’t realize a bullet was in the chamber. Roth says the weapon fired when the man set it down.

Police say the bullet traveled through the man’s television and wall. The woman was taken to an area hospital and Roth says her injury didn’t appear to be life-threatening.

Roth says the man likely won’t be charged because there wasn’t any criminal intent. He says the man was shaken up and remorseful.

Their identities haven’t been released.


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