Police say a resident of Binghamton's West Side faces felony charges after he accidentally shot himself in the foot.

According to city detectives, 34-year-old Jose Aponte of Mather Street was driven to Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton to be treated for a gunshot wound.

Police were called to the hospital shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday to investigate the shooting incident.

Investigators say they determined Aponte "retrieved a sawed-off shotgun from his residence" after he heard gunfire in the area. Then he apparently shot himself accidentally.

Police say they found a bolt-action 12 gauge sawed-off shotgun at Aponte's home on Mather Street.

Aponte was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was transferred to Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City for additional treatment. His condition was not available.

Investigators are trying to determine whether there is a connection between the incident and other recent shootings on the West Side and at Town & Country Apartments.

People with information may contact the Binghamton police detective bureau at (607) 772-7080.

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