Police: Man tells officers he shot himself in groin during drug deal in east Columbus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man told officers his gun discharged and struck him in the groin during a drug deal Saturday in east Columbus, according to police.

Columbus police say officers were dispatched to the area of East Livingston Avenue and Alum Creek Drive just before 2 p.m. on a report of a shooting.

Officers met with the 19-year-old man who suffered a single gunshot wound to his groin area.

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Police say the man told officers that he was in the middle of an illegal narcotics transaction with an unknown individual when his own gun discharged, striking him.

The man walked to the Family Dollar where he was taken to an area hospital in stable condition.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Columbus Police Assault Detective Adam Federer at (614) 645-4011 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614) 661-TIPS.