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Published: Friday, 4/27/2001

Shooting victim says he was hurt cleaning gun

LIMA, Ohio - A Lima man told police he accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun.

Curtis Knuckles, 20, was found about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday inside a house in the 200 block of East Third Street near the city's downtown. He had been shot in the head. He was admitted to St. Rita's Medical Center here, where he was listed in critical condition yesterday.

Lima police Maj. Larry Winegardner said investigators did not find a gun in the house and do not believe Mr. Knuckles' account of what happened.

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