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Jail staff report one outbreak involved 19 inmates but no serious complications. 

The affidavit does not describe where on his body the 26-year-old man was shot, but police later said his wound was not serious and he was later taken to the Macon County Jail after hospital treatment. He had apparently been trying to conceal the weapon in a map pocket at the back of one of the car seats when the firearm, previously reported stolen, discharged.

The man was booked on preliminary charges of the reckless discharge of a firearm, the aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a stolen firearm.

It was not the only gun officers said they found in the vehicle, however. The car driver, a 27-year-old woman, said she owned a 9mm handgun police discovered tucked into a purse and she was booked on a preliminary charge of the aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

A check of Macon County Jail records Monday showed that the man remained in custody with bail set at $25,000, meaning he must post $2,500 to be released; prosecutors had asked for bail of $50,000. The woman is free after posting $1,500 bond on bail of $15,000; prosecutors had wanted her bail set at $25,000.

All preliminary charges are subject to review by the state’s attorney’s office.

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