An Apalachicola man who accidentally shot himself in the leg caused a flurry of concern Wednesday morning, including the brief lockdown of the Apalachicola Bay Charter School.
According to the sheriff’s office, around 10:50 a.m. Nathaniel Lee, 25, 145 Sixth Street, was handling a handgun on the porch of his mother’s house on Ninth Street, near Sylvester Williams Park, when he shot himself in the leg, causing a non-life-threatening flesh wound.
Because he had several outstanding warrants, “he didn’t want to get the law involved, he didn’t want to go to the hospital,” said Apalachicola Police Chief Bobby Varnes.
Instead, he left his mother’s house, and was hiding in a nearby vacant house when sheriff’s deputies apprehended him within the hour.
After being cleared by Weems Memorial Hospital, Lee was transported to the county jail, where he was booked on outstanding warrants connected to drug-related activities.
Capt. Chester Creamer said he will be charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, also a felony. The city may charge him with discharging a weapon within city limits, he said.
Lt. Kevin Newell, school resource officer at the ABC School, decided to take the precaution of ensuring that no students went outside until the man was caught.
“The guy was on foot, still had a bicycle, and we didn’t know if he had a weapon on him,” said Creamer. “For safety reasons, they didn’t want any kids out on the playground.”