January 19, 2013
Five injured in accidental shootings at U.S. gun shows
By QMI Agency
Five people were injured in accidental shootings at U.S. gun shows on Saturday.
A 12-gauge shotgun discharged when its owner presented his weapon for inspection at the entrance to the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh, N.C., according to the Charlotte Observer.
Birdshot pellets hit a woman on the right side of her torso and a man in the left hand, the Observer reported. The third victim , a retired sheriff's deputy, was also hit in the hand.
Police are questioning Gary Lynn Wilson, 36, but told the paper the shooting was accidental and that it was too early in the investigation to say whether charges will be laid.
The show shut down early Saturday and will reopen Sunday, but police said only weapons already in the building will be allowed for sale.
In Indianapolis, Emory L. Cozee, 54, shot himself in the hand by mistake when he was loading his .45-calibre semi-automatic while walking back to his car at the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife Show, WISH TV reported. He was being treated in hospital, and police said they didn't expect to lay any charges.
And in Ohio, a gun dealer at the Medina Gun Show was taking a semi-automatic handgun out of its box when it went off and the single bullet inside wounded another man in the arm and thigh, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.
Police Chief Pat Berarducci told the paper the man was "very lucky" to suffer what appeared to be only minor injuries after the gun was "mishandled."