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Sheriff: Man dies after gunshot to the leg, believed to be accidental

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UNION, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Union County deputies are investigating a death that appears to be the result of an accidental shooting, Sheriff David Taylor said.

Taylor said deputies were initially called to the hospital Saturday night after receiving reports that a man had accidentally shot himself in the foot.

Deputies soon learned that the victim, 31-year-old Devane Carter, had shot himself in the thigh and the bullet had exited from the lower part of his leg near the ankle. His girlfriend rushed him to the hospital, which occurred at Carter's resident on Buffalo Street, Taylor said.

The bullet ruptured a major artery causing the victim to lose too much blood. Taylor said Carter died during surgery.

An autopsy has been scheduled to help determine a cause of death. Taylor said the shooting happened in a car outside Carter's home. Crime scene technicians are still processing the vehicle.

Taylor said Monday that the shooting appears to have been accidental in nature but the case was still being investigated.

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