Charge expected in gun accident at community college
By Janet S. Spencer
Published: Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 3:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 11:56 p.m.
GAFFNEY -- A 57-year-old man who told police he accidentally fired a pistol, injuring his hand on the Cherokee County campus of Spartanburg Community College, faces a criminal charge, authorities said Wednesday.
Gaffney police, EMS and first responders were called about 7 p.m. Tuesday to the campus and found Ike Dean Atkins, 57, of 763 Apple Orchard Road, who reported the shooting.
Atkins was inside a building foyer at 102 Campus Drive. He said he had accompanied his wife to the college, where she had a class, and was waiting for her in the parking area inside their vehicle.
A Gaffney police report stated Atkins, who has a concealed weapons permit, said he had cleaned the gun and was putting it away when he shot himself.
He was taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for treatment and released, hospital officials said.
Cheri Anderson-Hucks, director of marketing and public relations for Spartanburg Community College, said campus security Chief Andre Kerr began the process Wednesday morning to charge Atkins with violating state law by having the gun on the property.
The charge was expected to be finalized today.
"There are large signs posted at the entrances, 'No weapons allowed on campus.' Of course, our concern is the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and emergency response was immediate and great," Hucks said.
Atkins could not be reached for comment.