Two injured in accidental shooting at Augusta High School graduation

AUGUSTA, Kan. (KSNW) – Two people were wounded in a shooting at the Augusta High School graduation ceremonies Sunday afternoon.

A sign outside the Augusta venue where a shooting occurred on May 15, 2016 shows firearms are banned. (Photo: KSN/Chris Arnold)
A sign outside the Augusta venue where a shooting occurred on May 15, 2016 shows firearms are banned. (Photo: KSN/Chris Arnold)

Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet confirms the incident occurred about 2 p.m. at the high school’s football stadium. A woman was taken to Wesley Medical Center in serious condition. A man was taken to the Kansas Medical Center in Andover where he was treated and later transported to Via Christi St. Francis hospital. He was treated and released.

Garrett Tipton goes to Augusta High School and was attending the graduation ceremony.

“I was just standing next to my old basketball coach and hear like a really loud firework sound, my coach had a hole in his shorts, he was standing right next to me,” said Tipton.

Police say the 37-year-old man had the small semi-automatic gun tucked in his sock.

When he went to adjust it, police say, the gun went off, striking him in the foot.

The bullet ricocheted before hitting a 28-year old woman in the leg.

There are signs posted outside the football stadium, clearly stating that no guns are allowed inside the stadium.

“It’s illegal for anyone to have a weapon on school property, we’re looking into that right now,” said Chief Tyler Brewer, Augusta Director of Public Safety.

Chief Brewer says they are treating this shooting as accidental.

Police said there are not enough resources to check everyone for a gun who was entering the stadium.

Police tell KSN News the county attorney will decide whether charges will be brought against the person who brought the gun into the stadium.

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