A man in Bartow shot himself in the leg waiting outside of a school

A 39-year-old Lakeland man Tuesday joined the growing epidemic of accidental shooting victims in Florida, according to police in Bartow.

Police said Amel Villarreal Jr. was waiting to pick a family member up from Summerlin Academy around 4:10 p.m., after school hours. As he sat in a mini-van in the school’s visitor lot, police said, he took a gun from his waistband and attempted to stow it in the van’s center console

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