Man shot by friend: Investigators say incident likely was accidental

A man was in critical condition after he was accidentally shot by his friend in Franklin.

At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Franklin police were called to a parking lot in the 300 block of East Jefferson Street, where a man had been accidentally shot inside a vehicle.

Zachary Hogan, 21, of Edinburgh, was shot in the torso and was taken to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, where he underwent surgery and was remained in critical condition Thursday evening, according to the hospital.

Shane Townsend, 21, of Edinburgh, told police he had accidentally fired his gun in the vehicle, striking Hogan, the report said.

Townsend called 911 and has been talking with investigators, the report said. No one has been arrested or charged.

The two men are friends and had been out drinking together and went to the vehicle to smoke, Franklin Police Chief Tim O’Sullivan said.

Police are investigating to determine what happened before the shooting, but all of the information so far points to this being an accidental shooting, O’Sullivan said.

Investigators are sorting out what the men were doing before the shooting and what was being said, why the weapon was out, how it went off and what each person was doing before the gun went off, he said. Another man was with Townsend and Hogan inside the vehicle, and police are also speaking with him, O’Sullivan said.

More interviews are being done, according to the police report.

The information learned in the investigation will be sent to the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office, O’Sullivan said. The prosecutor would then decide what, if any, charges should be filed.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.