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Man Expected to Be Charged After Shooting Self in Washington Sq. Park: NYPD

By  Trevor Kapp and Aidan Gardiner | June 2, 2017 7:44am | Updated on June 2, 2017 1:18pm

 The 38-year-old man was treated at Bellevue Hospital, police said.
The 38-year-old man was treated at Bellevue Hospital, police said.
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MANHATTAN — A man was expected to be charged after shooting himself in the leg in Washington Square Park on Friday morning, police sources said.

The 38-year-old man, whose name wasn't immediately released, shot himself near the southwest corner of the park about 5:15 a.m., according to NYPD and FDNY officials.

"I saw the guy on the stretcher. He was sitting up. He was conscious. He was flailing his arms," said Kevin Carroll, 57, a doorman at a building nearby.

Investigators found a live round of ammunition in his pocket. The gun was later recovered nearby, law-enforcement sources said.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the shooting was accidental, police said.

The gunshot wound was considered serious and the man was treated at Bellevue Hospital, where he's listed in stable condition, officials said.

The southwest corner of the park near MacDougal Street was taped off while police investigated.

"There were a lot of police here quickly. There were at least five or six cars, two ambulances," Carroll said. "The helicopters came a little after. Detectives came and asked me if I heard yelling or screaming or any shots, but I didn't at all."