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Student charged after accidental shooting on Georgetown College campus

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Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 7:07 am | Updated: 10:16 am, Thu May 8, 2014.

A 24-year-old Georgetown College student is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment following what officials say was an accidental shooting early Thursday on the east side of the campus that wounded another student.

Terrence Jamal Boyd, who college officials say is from Oklahoma, was arrested about 4:33 a.m., about three hours after the shooting, records show.

Georgetown police Capt. Robert Swanigan said two students were walking back to their residences from a party about 1:30 a.m. when one of the students drew a semi-automatic pistol and began working the handgun's slide.

The gun fired, striking the other student in the upper thigh and causing a through-and-through wound, Swanigan said.

When police arrived on the scene, the student with the weapon had fled, Swanigan said.

Officers later located the suspect in the area around Anderson Hall, he said. The suspect surrendered without resistance.

Swanigan said officers recovered the handgun.

A statement released by the college said the bullet was believed to have ricocheted off the ground, but Swanigan said, "We have no evidence to support that.

"It was not a ricochet," Swanigan said.

Neither the college nor Swanigan would identify the victim, who was treated at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital and released.

The college's statement also said both students are student-athletes.

College Associate Vice President for Campus Relations Jim Allison said the college's code of student conduct prohibits firearms on campus and in residence halls, but not in cars parked at the campus.

He and Swanigan said the investigation has not determined where the gun had been kept prior to the incident.

The shooting occurred in the period immediately following the end of spring-semester classes and final exams.

Spring commencement exercises will be held Saturday.

No bond was set for Boyd, who is lodged in the Scott County Detention Center. His first court appearance on the charge is set for 1 p.m. today.

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