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UPDATE: Students Confirm Name of Accidental Shooter

Jack Carney has been identified by students as the professor who accidentally shot himself Thursday at Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus.

Jack Carney has been identified by students as the adjunct professor who accidentally shot himself at Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus Thursday.

Carney is a criminal justice teacher at the school. Nassau County Police have also confirmed he is a retired New York City law enforcement officer.

The 72-year-old was attempting to safeguard his licensed handgun in a hallway of Lorber Hall before class time when he "accidentally discharged his weapon," according to Third Squad detectives.

“The round entered and remained in his right leg,” stated a news release. There were no other faculty or staff present at the time, only his students, who came to his aide and proceeded to call 911. They stayed with him until an ambulance arrived.

He was taken to a nearby hospital, and treated for a non life-threatening injury.

The Nassau County resident is expected to make a full recovery. 

Earlier, the school’s emergency alert system notified students via text message that the 'incident' had been dealt with:

“Public Safety Alert Incident resolved. Campus activities proceeding as scheduled. See alert at www.liu.edu/cwpost.”

An e-mail was also sent out to students and faculty members stating the same “Campus Alert” message as posted on the school’s Web site.

Old Brookville and Old Westbury Police Departments responded to the accidental shooting, which took place on Gold Coast Road, on the east side of campus.

The university has a strict no weapons policy, according to campus officials, and the matter is still under investigation.

Old Westbury Police and C.W. Post Public Safety could not be reached for comment.

Jason Molinet November 17, 2011 at 10:03 PM
Story has been updated. A 72-year-old adjunct professor shot himself in the leg.
Anne Winberry November 17, 2011 at 10:37 PM
There wasn't an emergency text sent out until 9:30 AM! Why were the students uninformed about this "incident?"
Elena DiMarco November 17, 2011 at 10:49 PM
As a former Post student, I'm alarmed by that fact.
Pam Robinson (Editor) November 18, 2011 at 08:54 PM
It raises an interesting question--if the situation is immediately contained, is an emergency alert necessary?
Bob Shane November 18, 2011 at 11:21 PM
I don't believe it is. Not only was the situation immediately contained, it was also quickly assessed for what it was: An accidental discharge from the weapon of a licensed pistol owner -- and former law enforcement professional. Now, the question that originally came to my mind was why this individual thought he needed to carry a pistol on an otherwise peaceful campus. Then I thought about it a little, remembering that murderous rampage that took place a few years back at Virginia Tech. If there had been a few licensed gun owners in or around that classroom on that day, the cowardly bastard that killed all of those college students and professors wouldn't have gotten the chance to do it ... or do as much as he did.
Ada Mam November 19, 2011 at 05:53 AM
best professor ever! so upset he was fired! I still do what he taught in regards to fire safety. definite loss for post.
girlny November 21, 2011 at 09:43 PM
Is there really a reason for carrying a loaded weapon while administering an exam? Is he trying to make sure that people don't cheat??? It is absolutely unacceptable to allow a prof to carry a weapon, even if he has a permit. Should a student be able to carry a weapon if they have a permit?? I wouldn't want my kid in his class. What if he was trying to "secure" his fire arm and shot someone else? He should be fired!!

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