Atkinson hospitalized with gunshot wound

Sen. Jason Atkinson is in serious condition at Providence Medford Medical Center after accidently being shot in the knee Tuesday evening while working on a friend's bike.

Central Point police were called to Atkinson's home in the 500 block of Blue Heron Street at 8:13 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a report of an accidental gunshot wound, police said today.

Officers found Atkinson in his garage with a gunshot wound to his right knee. They learned that Atkinson was working on a friend's bicycle and had to remove a small bag attached to the bike. He dropped the bag and a .38-caliber derringer inside the bag fired. The bullet hit his knee.

Jackson County Fire District No. 3 and Mercy Flights ambulance treated him on the scene, then transported him to Providence.

Atkinson is a Republican, representing District 2 in Southern Oregon.

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