Accidental shooting at Navy recruiting center

Channel 2's Matt Belanger reports

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — A Navy recruiter is recovering after he accidentally shot himself in the leg at the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Gainesville.

Gainesville police say the shooting happened around 11 a.m. at the location on Dawsonville Highway.

The man was taken to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville and listed in stable condition Friday afternoon.

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Soldiers are not allowed to bring guns inside the center, but Channel 2 Action News confirmed the gun was the recruiter's personal weapon.

The call had Hall County officials fearing the worst.

"Given the recent events that occurred in Chattanooga, this does raise concern for many," said Cpl. Kevin Holbrook, with the Gainesville police.

The shooting came about 24 hours after a gunman targeted a recruitment center in Tennessee, killing four service members.

A sign outside the Gainesville office warns federal law prohibits any weapons from being taken inside.

"We're not certain why this member of armed forces brought this gun to the office. We are currently looking into that with the armed forces," Holbrook said. "That's part of the investigation."