A man accidentally shot himself with a handgun inside a bus shelter at the Woods Hole Steamship Authority terminal Tuesday evening, causing minor injury to himself, the  SSA and state police have confirmed.

The man was waiting to board a ferry to the Vineyard at the time of the incident, according to state police.

In an email to the Gazette Wednesday morning, a spokesman for Massachusetts state police said a trooper from the Bourne barracks arrived at the Woods Hole SSA terminal a few minutes before 8 p.m. Tuesday after a report of a shot fired. Falmouth police also responded, according to media spokesman David Procopio.

An investigation found “that a 33-year-old man from Vineyard Haven was waiting to board the ferry at approximately 7:44 p.m. when he attempted to transfer his pistol from a locked safe into a holster,” Mr. Procopio said. “While doing so, he accidentally discharged the pistol and shot himself in the torso. He was transported by EMS to Falmouth Hospital with a non-life threatening injury,” the email also said.

The first statement about the incident went out late Tuesday from SSA spokesman Sean Driscoll, who said Falmouth police, fire and rescue had responded to the scene at the Wood Hole terminal at around 9 p.m. Mr. Driscoll said the accident occurred about an hour earlier in one of the terminal’s bus shelters. The statement did not specify which shelter.

“At approximately 7:45 pm, it was reported that a man who was inside one of the bus shelters at the Steamship Authority’s Woods Hole terminal had accidentally shot himself with a handgun,” the statement said. “The man suffered an injury to his torso and was treated by the Falmouth fire and rescue department.”

No other passengers or SSA personnel were injured in the incident, and the shooting caused no disruptions to Steamship Authority service, Mr. Driscoll confirmed.

“The SSA is cooperating fully with law enforcement in their investigation. We have no further comment at this time,” the statement said.

There was no update on the man’s condition as of Wednesday morning, according to Mr. Procopio. He said said the incident remains under investigation to determine whether charges will be sought.

The man has not been identified.

The SSA spells out a policy in its customer handbook for carrying firearms on board vessels. Under the policy, people who are licensed to carry firearms may carry them on ferries, but are required to notify the terminal agent and vessel captain, and present a valid license to carry and firearms identification card. Weapons are to remain concealed, secured and unloaded, according to the policy.