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Condition of Sharon mayor pro tem improves

CHARLOTTE — Mayor Pro Tem Bob Barnette's condition was upgraded to serious at CarolinasMedical Center today. Barnett, who suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to hischest Monday morning, had been listed as critical.

Barnette, 60, or 4001 Woodlawn St., was listed as being in criticalcondition after being airlifted from his home in Sharon to the Charlottehospital Monday afternoon.

According to a York County Sheriff's Office report, Barnette had shothimself with a .22-caliber rifle sometime between 7 and 11:30 a.m. Monday.An officer arriving at the scene saw a small bullet hole in the left side ofBarnette's chest about 4 inches below the left breast, the report stated.

See Wednesday's Herald for more.