FARMVILLE — A Longwood University student has been charged after another student was wounded in an accidental shooting that occurred off-campus Sunday, police said.
Jacob E. Richardson, 22, of Glen Allen, was charged with reckless handling of a firearm after Kathleen Battle, 21, of Nellysford, suffered a gunshot wound to her leg.
Battle was taken to Southside Community Hospital and then transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center with a non-life-threatening injury, said Farmville Police Chief Douglas E. Mooney.
He said the incident occurred about 8 p.m. at Battle’s residence on the 500 block of High Street. Richardson had left his handgun there because “his roommates were having a gathering at his place and he didn’t want anything to happen to it,” Mooney said.
He was unloading the gun when it went off. Richardson called 911 for help and cooperated fully with police, Mooney said.
Richardson was released pending a court appearance in Prince Edward County General District Court on Sept. 30 on the misdemeanor charge.
Richardson is a junior criminology and criminal justice major, according to the university. Battle, a graduate of St. Anne’s-Belfield School, is a senior majoring in kinesiology.