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Cops probe accidental shootings

By Walter Geiger Two accidental shootings within a 28-hour span kept city and county law enforcement and emergency personnel busy earlier this week. *************** ©The Herald Gazette/ This information may not be reprinted, broadcast or distributed electronically in any form or fashion without express consent. For reprint permission, e-mail *************** The first occurred at about 7:50 p.m Feb. 19 when Elmer Bruce Ashbrook dropped a pistol which went off. The .22 caliber bullet struck Ashbrook in the stomach. Deputies arrived on the scene to find Ashbrook on the floor of the kitchen of his home at 165 Francis Street with his wife, Patricia, and son, Jason, standing over him. The victim was conscious and reported he was on his way to close a chicken pen when he dropped the weapon which went off. He was lifeflighted to Macon Medical Center and is recovering. The following night, a second accidental shooting occurred at 101 Ashley Court just after 11:30 p.m. Responding officer Sgt. Anthony Kendall of the BPD was told by resident Ronald Jones that his daughter, 19-year-old Santae World, had been shot in the leg. Jones told investigators that Michael Chapman had brought a .50 caliber black powder rifle by the home for him to look at. Jones stressed he was not in possession of the weapon as he is a convicted felon. The loaded weapon was propped next to a couch and fell, firing when it hit the floor. World, who was in the kitchen area cleaning, was struck in the leg by metal fragments as the large caliber round tripped through the home. World was homecoming queen at LCCHs in 2009. She was treated at Spalding Regional Medical Center. No charges have been filed in either shooting incident.

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