KENNER, La. (AP) — An airport employee was accidentally shot when a hunting rifle discharged a round as it was being checked as baggage at the United Airline ticket counter.

Sgt. Larry Dyess of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office says it happened about 10:30 a.m. Monday as the firearm was in the process of being cleared as checked baggage. Dyess says the bullet struck a counter and a piece of it then hit the employee in the leg. The employee was transported to an area hospital for treatment of what Dyess described as a non-life threatening injury.

Dyess says the passenger, 65-year-old Edward Deubler, of Harvey, was given a misdemeanor summons for negligent injury.