A parent “accidentally fired” a gun Monday evening at Saint Patrick School, injuring himself, according to a statement from the school.
According to an email sent to parents, the incident occurred at 6 p.m. There was a back-to-school night for elementary school parents that evening at Saint Patrick School in South Middleton Township, a school official said.
“(O)ne of our parents who is a corrections officer accidentally discharged his licensed service weapon in our parking lot, injuring himself,” the email states.
The injury to the parent was not life-threatening, the email said. The email also thanked first responders for their assistance and asked for prayers for the injured parent.
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The school referred questions on the incident to the Diocese of Harrisburg. A diocese spokeswoman issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
“A parent of Saint Patrick School, who is a corrections officer, accidentally discharged his licensed service weapon in the parking lot on Monday night, causing a non-life-threatening injury to himself.
Pennsylvania State Police were immediately notified and are investigating. Saint Patrick Catholic School is committed to providing a safe environment for all our students.”
A state police spokeswoman said Wednesday she did not have any information to release about the incident.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 1:55 p.m. Wednesday to reflect the correct day the incident took place.
Daniel Walmer covers public safety for The Sentinel. You can reach him by email at email@example.com or by phone at 717-218-0021.