Hopkinsville Police have determined the shooting incident outside of a gun show at the fairgrounds Saturday was, indeed, an accident.
The incident happened around 1:15pm in the fairgrounds parking lot, according to the report, which says 20-year old Kyle Lauritson of Hopkinsville was attempting to load a handgun in a vehicle when it fired.
The bullet hit Lauritson in the hand, went through the seat and hit 27-year old Rory Benson of Hopkinsville in the buttocks. The men were treated at Jennie Stuart Medical Center and Lauritson’s name had been redacted on the report pending further investigation.
Public Information Officer Paul Ray now says police determined it to be purely accidental and that no charges will be filed in connection with the incident.
The Christian County Board of Education held its final meeting of the year tonight and also said their farewells to two departing school board members.
The meeting began on an upbeat note with Jarae Meriwether of Hopkinsville invited to sing a few holiday songs.
School Board members unanimously approved a memorandum of agreement between the school district and local churches and organizations to be able to transport students to an off-site location in case of a crisis, like a natural disaster.
After discussing school related matters, each school board member, thanked Shelia Cottrell and Besty Glover for their countless hours and dedication to Christian County students over the years.
Ms. Glover stated she had a lot to say, but chose to talk about who she will miss most and thanked the community for their support.
The Hopkinsville Police Department held its monthly community crime statistics meeting Thursday afternoon at police headquarters with officers recapping the crime trends for November and this month.
Before the meeting began, Captain Michael Seis spoke about the importance of community awareness and how residents can team up with law enforcement officials by informing them about any suspicious activity.
Captain Michael Seis also spoke about the crime trends for the month of November.
Despite the light rainfall and strong winds Thursday afternoon, Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp presented keys to a brand new home to a Hopkinsville woman, whose house was previously considered to be in disrepair.
With a small group of friends and family members at her side, Sandra Langley graciously accepted the keys to her newly revamped place.
Langley said she was thrilled to walk through the doors of her brand new home and thanked city officials for making it happen.
Hopkinsville Community College will be closed starting this weekend in observance of the holidays.
Officials have announced HCC will be closed Saturday, December 22nd through Sunday, January 6th, 2013 with offices to re-open on Monday, January 7th.
For more information about HCC’s holiday schedule, contact 270-707-3700.