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Utica police: Man who admitted to accidentally shooting himself in the leg facing gun charges

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UTICA, N.Y. – Utica police say a man shot himself in the leg on Conkling Avenue late Monday night.

Around midnight, officers were called to a home on the 1500 block of Conkling where they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the thigh.

Accidental shooting on Conkling Avenue

Police say the information officers received about the incident was not making sense and was not consistent with the evidence found at the scene.

After a warrant was issued to search the residence, officers found an extended 9 mm magazine, bullet fragments and a Taurus 9mm handgun on a closet shelf.

Police say during the investigation, 27-year-old Sha La eventually admitted to accidentally shooting himself in the leg.

After he was released from the hospital, La was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm.

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