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Woman reportedly shoots herself in breasts

COVINGTON - A Covington woman was reportedly rushed to the hospital by her boyfriend during the early morning hours Wednesday after she accidentally shot herself in both breasts.

Authorities responded to the emergency room at Newton Medical Center around 4 a.m. after receiving a call about a person who had been shot, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office incident report completed by Deputy Byron Mobley.

Upon arriving at the hospital, Mobley was met by Covington Police Sgt. Chris Cain, who told him that a patient had been brought in after being shot at a residence on Waterford Road.

The 29-year-old victim told the deputy that she was removing a nickel-plated revolver with a wooden grip from under a sofa and didn't realize that the hammer was back on the firearm.

The only thing the victim said she could remember about the incident was seeing "a brilliant flash of light," Mobley said.

She stated that she then called her boyfriend, who left his sister's house to take her to the hospital, rather than calling 911.

The only other person present at the home at the time of the incident, according to the victim, was her 11-year-old son, who was asleep in another bedroom.

According to the incident report, the bullet appeared to have entered the victim's left breast, traveled downward through it, grazed her chest, entered the right breast, then exited.

The gunshot victim told investigators she is right-handed.

"At this time, we don't have anything to indicate anything else other than it was self-inflicted," said Investigator Sharron Stewart, spokeswoman for the NCSO.

Stewart said, however, that the investigation is still open.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.