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Charge announced in laboratory shooting

ALBANY, Ga. -- Police officials were in the process of filing reckless conduct charges against Jeremy Wilson Thursday in connection with an apparent accident shooting Wednesday at an Albany laboratory.

Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the Albany Police Department, said Wilson will be charged in the accidental shooting of Claude Scott Lucas, 63, in the right side of his abdomen.

Wilson, an independent contractor for Albany Area Laboratory, 1711 E. Broad Ave., reportedly was clearing his semi-automatic weapon within laboratory premises when the weapon discharged. According to Banks, the bullet struck Wilson in one hand before striking Lucas.

Following the shooting, Wilson and Lucas were transported to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, where Lucas underwent emergency surgery. Wilson was released later Wednesday, officials say.