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Reynoldsburg: Two men injured when gun discharges accidentally

Two men were transported to a hospital last week after the gun one was attempting to take apart accidentally discharged.

According to Reynoldsburg police, a man called to say he "shot his friend in the leg" at 6:35 a.m. May 4 in the 7300 block of Victoria Court. The reporting officer said he found the two sitting in the driveway, one with an apparent entry wound near the front of his lower left leg.

"The leg was bleeding heavily and it appeared that the other male had wrapped a belt around his leg," the police report said.

The officer said he applied a tourniquet and stayed with the injured man until Truro Township Fire Department medics arrived. The caller said he was attempting to disassemble his pistol when it accidentally discharged a single round that struck him in the hand and his friend in the leg.

In other recent incident reports from the Reynoldsburg Police Department:

• Officers called Franklin County Children Services last week and helped to remove four children from what one officer described as "disgusting living conditions" at a local residence.

Police were dispatched at 9:42 a.m. May 8 to the Reynoldsburg house when a neighbor called about a toddler who was outside wearing only a diaper. The neighbor told police he returned the child back to its house, where the child's mother appeared to be "under the influence, where she was wobbly."

The reporting officer said the mother denied being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He said the toddler had a bad rash and "was in need of a bath" and an older boy was also "filthy," according to the police report.

A caseworker from Franklin County Children Services arrived later that day and told officers who came back to the house that the mother had admitted to taking a drug that morning.

The two boys, ages 19 months and 3 years, and two girls, ages 8 and 12, were removed from the home and turned over to Children Services. No charges were filed against the mother.

• A man told police he was robbed at gunpoint about midnight May 7 in the parking lot of the Ameristop Food Mart, 495 Lancaster Ave. He said two black men, both around 18 years old, in a tan Corolla approached him. He said the driver had a gun and demanded his bookbag, which he handed over.

The man said the car fled south on Lancaster Avenue.

• Police received a complaint that a man fired a gun at about 10:10 p.m. May 2 outside a residence in the 7200 block of East Main Street. He denied doing so and told police it "was a firecracker."

The reporting officer said he found no firecrackers, but did find .22-caliber ammunition on a television stand inside the home, along with four grams of marijuana, pipes and lighters. The officer also found a .22-caliber revolver in a kitchen drawer, which he confiscated due to the man's level of intoxication, according to the police report. The man was charged with drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Officers responded to a burglary in progress at 3:44 a.m. May 6 in the 1300 block of Aida Drive, after a caller reported seeing a man crawl out of the front window of a business.

As officers arrived, they saw a man run to the rear of the business, then north toward JFK Park. They caught and arrested the man on burglary charges.

Officers found the front window of the business broken out and a red bag containing several handguns left on the sidewalk in front of the building.

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