A shooting at the top of State Street in which a woman was injured Wednesday was determined to be an accident, Madison police said.

The woman was shot around 2:30 p.m. after getting in an SUV with a man she knew in the 200 block of State Street.

Francis Kimani, 44, of Middleton, was arrested on a tentative charge of injury by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon, police said. Kimani had pulled up in a Ford SUV to pick up the 41-year-old woman, who is from Taunton, Massachusetts.

When the woman got in the vehicle, Kimani accidentally shot her in the upper torso, police said. The woman was taken to the hospital with a serious gunshot wound and is now stable.

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Emily Hamer is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal. She joined the paper in April 2019 and was formerly an investigative reporting intern at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

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