A recruit in Southwestern Community College’s National Park Service – Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy program was wounded around noon Monday when he accidentally discharged his weapon at a firing range on North River Road. The shot went through the recruit’s holster and into his leg, according to SCC spokesman Tyler Goode.

Instructors administered first aid to the man. Some of the recruit’s classmates, who are trained EMTs, assisted with the first aid. Paramedics arrived and treated him on scene and transported him to Mission Hospital in Asheville, where he was alert and oriented as of Monday afternoon.

“We are thankful the student is OK and will recover from these injuries,” Goode said. “Safety is paramount and emphasized throughout every recruit’s time in all of Southwestern’s Public Safety Training. Even before a recruit is issued a training belt with a training weapon, instructors extensively go over the cardinal rules of gun safety.”