(Sorry for any duplicates, but I don't think there are many, if any at all.)
1.RED HILL, PA, 10/04/13: A Red Hill man was charged with reckless
endangerment after his gun accidentally discharged in the 900 block of
Vanguard Drive around 11:30 p.m. Oct. 4. According to the Skippack barracks
of the state police, Matthew J. Mio Lewandoski, 36, was on a rear deck of a
home in a townhouse community, cleaning a loaded weapon when he accidentally
pulled back the slide of the trigger and the firearm discharged in an
unknown direction. He is awaiting his preliminary hearing on charges of
recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct in district
2.WAYNESBORO, VA, 10/10/13: Two people are in custody and two people are
wanted in connection with an armed robbery at Fairfax Hall on Oct. 10, say
police. And, according to a search warrant, at least one of the suspects
allegedly shot himself in the groin by mistake during the robbery. Randy
Maceo Morings, 22, of Staunton, was carried into Augusta Health by another
man, James Henry Crawford III, 24, of Staunton, just 15 minutes after the
robbery happened, the warrant says.
3.LAKEWOOD, CO, 10/23/13: Police responded to the 2400 block of Iris Street
on Oct. 23 for an accidental gunshot wound. A man told police he shot
himself in the hand while trying to clean his gun, a 9mm handgun. He also
admitted to taking three Percocet pills, three Vicodin pills and half a
bottle of Nyquil.
4.ATASCOCITA, TX, 10/26/13: On Oct. 26, deputies responded to an accidental
gunshot wound in the 20000 block of Sunny Shores Dr.
5.ONTARIO, OR, 10/28/13: Police are searching for a man who they say fled an
eastern Oregon home after a gun discharged, injuring a 4-year-old boy. The
boy was hit in the arm when the gun fired late Saturday and was taken to a
hospital in Boise, Idaho with non-life threatening injuries. Police say a
felony warrant has been issued for 33-year-old Juan Jose Moreno-Alvarez of
Ontario charging him with assault. Police say they consider him to be armed
and dangerous. The shooting is still under investigation and it's not yet
clear who was holding the gun or how it discharged.
6.JASPER CO., IN, 10/29/13: A man who allegedly shot himself in the foot and
later told law enforcement officials he had been robbed has been arrested
and charged with false informing. According to reports, on Tuesday, Oct. 29,
at approximately 3:20 a.m., Jasper County Sheriff’s Office received a report
of a victim who was at the Jasper County Hospital Emergency Room being
treated for a gunshot wound. JCSO Sgt. Jack Bulington responded to the
hospital and discovered that a man identified as Eduardo Torres-Vargas, 23,
of DeMotte, had received a gunshot wound to the lower part of his left leg.
According to two witnesses who were with Vargas at the time of the shooting,
the group had been robbed at gunpoint on State Road 10 near the intersection
of State Road 110 south of DeMotte. During the alleged robbery the unknown
suspect had fired a shot that struck the victim.
7.ROCK HILL, SC, 10/31/13: Police are trying to decide if they will file
charges against the two men who claimed last week that an unknown assailant
shot one of them outside of Rock Hill’s Emmett Scott Recreation Center
during an alleged robbery last week. Investigators have determined that
21-year-old Timothy Royster accidentally shot himself while sitting in his
car in the center’s parking lot. Authorities swarmed the parking lot of the
Crawford Road community center last Thursday afternoon after receiving
reports of shots fired, documents show. When police arrived, they found
Royster on the ground, complaining of a gunshot wound to the leg. Royster,
of Ohio, told police a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt ambushed him
from behind, pushed him to the ground and searched his front pockets. He
said he heard a gunshot and realized he had been shot in the leg.
8.SENECA, OR, 11/01/13: A Silvies Valley man was injured last week when a
loaded handgun fell to the floor and discharged, the bullet lodging in his
leg. Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer said the incident occurred about 3:51
p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Silvies Valley Ranch, just south of Seneca.
9.MARIETTA, GA, 11/01/13: An accidental shooting death that took place on
the Square has some locals unnerved, but they say they still have confidence
in the safety of the area regarded as the city’s family friendly gathering
place. A 25-year-old man was shot dead Friday night in the kitchen of the
Laziza eatery at 113 North Park Square next to The Strand Theatre when his
gun accidentally fired. Raouf Sanad, 63, owner of the restaurant, is charged
with involuntary manslaughter, pointing a gun at another person and reckless
conduct in the death of Wael Ali, who owned the firearm and had been showing
it to Sanad in the restaurant’s kitchen. Sanad is accused of pointing a
black semi-automatic handgun at Ali and pulling the trigger, believing the
safety was on, and killing Ali, according to the arrest warrant.
10.RUSSELLVILLE, AR, 11/02/13: Police in Russellville are investigating the
accidental shooting of a father by his child. Police said officers were
called to a Walmart store parking lot on Main Street at 11 a.m. Saturday
regarding a possible shooting. Once there, police found a man with a gunshot
wound to his back. Officers say the child - whose age wasn't disclosed - was
getting into the father's pickup truck and tried to pull himself in by
grabbing an unsecured shotgun. The firearm discharged and wounded the father
in the back.
11.CHICAGO, IL, 11/02/13: About 5:06 p.m., Chicago Fire Department crews
were dispatched to the 3300 block of South Wentworth Avenue, where
paramedics treated a 20-year-old woman suffering from a gunshot wound, said
Chicago Fire Department spokesman Chief Juan Hernandez. The woman taken to
Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious-to-critical condition. The woman
was injured in an accidental shooting involving a weapon she was hiding on
her person as arresting officers waited for a female officer to search her,
police said. The woman was arrested about 5 p.m. in the 3300 block of South
Wentworth Avenue and was in the back of a police squad, waiting for a female
officer to arrive on-scene when the gun discharged, injuring the woman,
12.ROGERS CO., OK, 11/02/13: Rogers County Sheriff's Department arrested
three people in what appears to be an accidental shooting. One of the men
told deputies he'd shot his friend while the two were on a Sasquatch hunting
expedition. The two men were hunting - apparently for Bigfoot - around 177th
East Avenue and Tiger Switch Road Saturday night. Omar Pineda reportedly
heard a "barking noise," jerked and shot his friend in the back, authorities
13.BURLEY, ID, 11/02/13: A 16-year-old boy died at a west Cassia County home
Saturday night after he was accidentally shot in the neck, according to the
sheriff's office. Sheriff Jay Heward said Sunday that Ryan J. Willes, of
Burley was shot while people at the home were cleaning their guns. The group
had apparently been out shooting earlier in the day, Heward said. Willes was
pronounced dead at the scene.
14.STONINGTON, ME, 11/02/13: A man and his young daughter were both injured
when the man’s handgun went off this morning in Stonington, police said. The
man, Ryan Matson, 38, was cleaning his .45 caliber handgun when it went off
accidentally in his kitchen. He and his daughter, Riley Matson, were both
shot in the leg and taken to Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. Police said the
injuries were not life threatening.
15.NORTH TERRE HAUTE, IN, 11/02/13: A man is dead after accidentally
shooting himself. The Vigo County Sheriff's Department responded to an
apartment complex in North Terre Haute Saturday night. That's where a tenant
told deputies he and his friend has been drinking and fooling around with a
handgun, when his friend accidentally fired - and shot himself. The victim
was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he was pronounced
dead on arrival.
16.NEW LONDON, MO, 11/03/13: On Sunday, Nov. 3, at 9:26 a.m., the Ralls
County Sheriff’s Department responded to a reported accidental shooting at
the Salt River Gun Range. The gun range is located on U.S. 61 in the New
London rural section of Ralls County. Upon arrival at the scene, sheriff’s
deputes found the victim, Andrea Jinneth Corredor-Rivera, age 25, deceased
from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head that appeared to be
accidental in nature. However, the investigation was ongoing Sunday
afternoon. MORE: Ralls County Sheriff Gerry Dinwiddie tells WGEM-TV that the
woman was shooting a .500-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun when the strength
of the gun's recoil caused her to lose control. She was visiting family in
the area. The sheriff said the gun spun around in her hand, leading to a
second fatal shot. No charges are expected in the case.
17.NEW PARIS, OH, 11/03/13: A 5 year old boy was treated for a gunshot wound
Sunday afternoon. Shortly before 1:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, an officer from
the New Paris Police Department was sent to the apartments on Saver Drive on
a report of a child shot in the hand. Upon arrival, preliminary information
from police stated the boy was accidentally shot when a 22 caliber gun
discharged and struck the boy in his hand.
18.ROANE CO., TN, 11/03/13: A Roane County man was airlifted to the
University of Tennessee Medical Center after accidentally shooting himself
in the chest with a rifle Sunday evening, authorities said. Emergency
responders were called about 5 p.m. to the victim’s Edwards Lane residence,
south of Rockwood, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips
said. The victim, whose name has not been released, was shot once in his
chest while handling a .22-caliber rifle, Phillips said. He added that there
were family members in the house at the time and there were no initial
indications the shooting was intentional, he said. “It appears to be
accidental, nothing more,” Phillips said.
19.HOISINGTON, KS, 11/03/13: A rural Hoisington man reported accidentally
shooting himself in the thigh late Sunday on his farm, after tripping while
carrying a small .22 in his pocket.
20.DULUTH, MN, 11/03/13: Two Duluth men were injured yesterday (Sun) when a
rifle exploded at a gun range north of Duluth. Saint Louis County Sheriff's
investigators say 34-year-old John Kubiak of Duluth was firing a bolt action
rifle when it blew up, and the force of the blast sent the bolt flying into
61 year-old David Shrader's chest. Neither was seriously hurt, but Kubiak
was treated for a severe thumb injury. A pair of binoculars Shrader was
wearing around his neck may have offered some protection. Investigators are
not yet sure what caused to rifle to explode.
21.MYRTLE BEACH, SC, 11/03/13: Nobody was injured when a handgun
accidentally fired during a recent gun show at the Myrtle Beach Convention
Center, according to a police report. Officers responded Sunday to the
convention center for a fire alarm call. According to the report, it was
about 9:45 a.m. when a man, 55, was unloading his Glock 27 and while
clearing the magazine of the weapon, he accidentally pulled the trigger,
firing one round. The report said the weapon was fired inside the building
near Exhibit Hall C. It's not known where the round went, but nobody was
hurt and there was no damage to the facility, the report said. The man was
asked to leave the show and he did so without incident.
22.WATERBURY, CT, 11/03/13: A Waterbury man died and his lifelong friend and
roommate is charged with accidentally shooting and killing him. Dow Kling,
22, and Shawn French, 22, were firing blanks with a .22 caliber Ruger inside
an apartment on Mill Street in Waterbury Sunday afternoon, according to
police. Police said the two were taking turns pointing the gun at each other
and pulling the trigger. Both men thought they were blanks, but somehow live
ammunition got mixed in, according to police. Initially, police said French
lied about the shooting. Police said an intruder entered the apartment, shot
Kling and fled. French changed his story and admitted to shooting Kling,
police said. "He thought there was a blank round in the chamber of his gun
when he pointed the gun at Kling and pulled the trigger," according to court
documents. "Kling was telling him to do it." Arrest papers also stated there
was a baby visiting at the time the gunfire went off.
23.BROWNWOOD, TX, 11/03/13: Deputy Terry Sliter was dispatched Sunday to an
undisclosed location on West Anderson on an accidental shooting report. A
man was accidentally shot in his left hand and had been to the hospital and
released by the time Sliter was notified.
24.HAMPTON, VA, 11/03/13: A 33-year-old Hampton man was rushed to the
hospital earlier this week after shooting himself in the hand, police said.
Officers were dispatched to Sentara Careplex at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday after
receiving a report that a person had arrived with a self-inflicted gunshot
wound, said Cpl. Mary Shackelford, a spokeswoman for the Hampton Police
Division, in an email. Police determined a man had accidentally discharged a
firearm in his possession and shot himself in the hand, Shackelford said.
The man's injuries were not life threatening.
25.WILMINGTON, DE, 11/03/13: Delaware State Police are investigating an
early morning shooting in Wilmington that injured one woman. Police say
troopers were called to an area hospital early Sunday for the report of a
24-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to the arm. Police say the woman had
been walking near the Karibbean Delight Restaurant about 2 a.m. Sunday.
That's when she heard gunshots ring out. Police say the woman ran for cover
but was struck in the arm by a stray bullet. A private vehicle took her to
the hospital. The woman is expected to survive. Police say it does not
appear the woman was targeted in the shooting.
26.DENVER, CO, 11/04/13: Denver police say a road rage suspect suffered a
self-inflicted gunshot wound to the hand. Police said the incident occurred
Monday afternoon near West Warren Avenue and South Bannock Street. Two
vehicles were involved. The suspect was placed into custody. No other
details were released.
27.AMO, IN, 11/04/13: An 11-year-old boy accidentally shot his sister in the
leg on Monday, officials with the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department
said. The incident happened at a home in the Amo area. The boy was holding a
.22-caliber bolt action rifle when it fell to the floor and fired, striking
the boy’s 14-year-old sister in the leg. Other people in the room at the
time, including the boy’s mother, said they didn’t know the gun was loaded.
28.BROOKLYN, NY, 11/04/13: A Brooklyn cop accidentally shot himself in the
arm while trying to secure his gun inside his stationhouse Monday morning,
police said. The 52-year-old Housing Bureau officer was rushed to Brookdale
Hospital in a police vehicle and is in stable condition. Police said the
18-year veteran had just finished the overnight shift at his locker when he
accidentally fired his gun, striking himself in the left bicep. There were
no other injuries.
29.WACO, TX, 11/04/13: A McLennan County prosecutor who shot out a window in
the district attorney’s offices Monday while admiring a colleague’s new gun
may face disciplinary action, District Attorney Abel Reyna said. First
Assistant District Attorney Michael Jarrett said he asked fellow prosecutor
Landon Ramsay if he could see Ramsay’s new Glock .40-caliber pistol about 2
p.m. Monday. Jarrett said he asked Ramsay if the gun was loaded and was told
it was not. Jarrett pulled back the slide, he said, to double-check if it
was loaded and didn’t see a bullet slide into the chamber. He aimed the gun
at a window in Ramsay’s office and pulled the trigger. The bullet shattered
the window and struck the brick exterior of the adjacent vacant downtown
county jail, Jarrett and McLennan County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Cawthon
said. No one was injured, which Jarrett said was because he was careful to
point the pistol out the window at a brick wall. “I was being extremely
safe,” Jarrett said. “I inspected the gun even after I was told it was not
loaded, but it was just an unfortunate accident.”
30.KITTANNING, PA, 11/04/13: State police said a man was cleaning his gun
inside an Armstrong County home when it accidentally went off and a bullet
hit someone. Authorities said the incident happened just before midnight at
a home on Port Street in Manor Township. Channel 11’s Dave Bondy reported
that a woman suffered the gunshot wound, but her injuries are not
life-threatening. Her name hasn’t been released.
31.HAMBLETON, WV, 11/05/13: A Tucker County man was transported by
helicopter to West Virginia University Hospital Monday following a hunting
accident. Edward Lee Evans, 39, of Sugarland Road, was squirrel hunting near
his Hambleton home at approximately 2 p.m. Monday. Captain Roy E. Cool of
the West Virginia Division of National Resources said the preliminary report
on the accident indicated that Evans stopped and shot at the squirrel with a
.22-caliber Hornet rifle; however, the gun did not discharge. Cool said
Evans opened the action on the rifle and it fired, hitting him in his left
foot. Cool said Evans sustained lacerations and some broken bones in his
foot. "Evans is listed in good and stable condition," Cool told The
Inter-Mountain Tuesday. Cool cautions all hunters to use basic safety rules.
"Keep the gun muzzle pointed at a safe direction at all times," Cool said.
"Always treat every gun as if it is loaded, no matter if you know it is not
32.BOONVILLE, NY, 11/05/13: A 20-year-old man accidentally shot himself in
the leg while hunting Tuesday in Oneida County, the New York State Police
said. Marc T. Donahue, of Rome, was hunting in wooded area off Furman Road
in the town of Boonville. He was attempting to attach his .308 rifle to a
rope to hoist it up to a tree stand. The rope was hanging six feet off the
ground. When Donahue reached up and started to tie the rope to the rifle,
one round was discharged, state police said. The round entered Donahue's
left femur. The rifle had been loaded with four rounds and did not have the
safety on at the time of the accident, state police said.
33.MOUNTAIN REST, SC, 11/05/13: A 74-year-old hiker had to be airlifted out
of the woods after an accidental shooting on Tuesday, according to officials
with the Oconee County Sheriff's Office and Emergency Services. Emergency
services workers said the man was seven miles into the Yellow Branch
Wilderness when he accidentally shot himself. Emergency workers said because
of how far in the woods the victim was and the severity of his injuries they
decided he should be hoisted out by the South Carolina Helicopter Aquatic
Rescue Team. They said the man was lifted out of the woods by a Black Hawk
helicopter and taken to an awaiting air ambulance to transport him to the
hospital. Officials said the man is in critical condition. The accidental
shooting happened on the Yellow Branch Trail off Highway 28 in Mountain
34.MERIDIAN, MS, 11/05/13: On Tuesday morning around 6:15 AM Meridian
Police responded to Anderson’s ER to a report of a person that had been
brought to the hospital who had been shot. The incident occurred on 40th
Avenue. According to the initial investigation the victim accidentally shot
himself in the leg. The victim is in critical condition.
35.DENVER, CO, 11/05/13: Arapahoe County SWAT officers responded to a
condominium complex where a female resident fired a shot that pierced the
walls of five units on Tuesday afternoon. No one was injured by the gunshot,
which was reported about 2:52 p.m. at the condominium complex at 7474 E.
Arkansas Ave., Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said in a news
release. Residents told deputies that a woman living in unit 701 said she
accidentally fired a gun inside her condo. She urged neighbors to "not to
call the police," Robinson said. Residents said the woman was not injured.
Deputies confirmed the bullet went from the gun owner's unit into units 702,
703, 704 and 705. Deputies knocked on the unit of the gun owner, but she did
not answer. After evacuating several surrounding units as a precaution, the
Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team forced entry into unit 701, but the woman wasn’t
36.SAN JOSE, CA, 11/05/13: A San Jose police officer was injured Tuesday
when he accidentally shot himself, a police spokeswoman confirmed. The
shooting is being investigated as an accidental discharge, according to Sgt.
Heather Randol, a police spokeswoman. The officer, whose name was not
released, had injuries that were not life-threatening. Police only confirmed
the accidental discharge and did not release information regarding the
circumstances, saying it is an administrative investigation. Police declined
to state if the officer was on duty or where the shooting took place.
37.BENTON, AR, 11/05/13: Police are investigating after a 19-year-old woman
was hospitalized after a shooting Tuesday evening. The Benton Police
Department (BPD) says officers responded to a report of shots fired at
Fountain Lake Apartments around 6:45 Tuesday evening, where they discovered
that a shooting victim had already been taken to the hospital. Detectives
took over the investigation after officers found evidence of the shooting in
an apartment, then contacted the 19-year-old victim at the hospital. BPD
says initial investigation indicates that a 21-year-old person was handling
a firearm when it discharged accidentally.
38.MARIETTA, OH, 11/05/13: A Washington County Sheriff's Office detective
who accidentally shot himself in the stomach Tuesday night was expected to
be released from the hospital late Thursday. Lt. Mark Johnson, an 18-year
veteran of the Washington County Sheriff's Office, discharged the gun while
trying to remove it from its holster, said Washington County Sheriff Larry
Mincks. The gun, a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson M&P, had become caught, he
said. "He had gone home off duty and his weapon was stuck in his holster. He
had taken off his holster and when he tugged on the gun it came out and also
went off," Mincks said. Johnson had been at a training session earlier in
the day and had been required to check in the weapon during the training,
said Mincks. "Apparently (the gun) was inserted backwards and that's what
causes it to stick," he said.
39.EAST HARTFORD, CT, 11/06/13: A man was undergoing surgery Wednesday after
he accidentally shot himself overnight, police said. The man, a tow truck
driver, shot himself in the leg/groin area about 1:15 or 1:30 a.m., Lt. Todd
Hanlon said. He was in a parking lot at 178 Smith St. at the time, he said.
The extent of the resulting injuries weren't clear, Hanlon said shortly
before 6:30 a.m. Police had not been able to interview him, but there were
witnesses at the scene and "all indications" are that the shooting was
accidental. "We don't know why he had the gun out," Hanlon said.
40.LANSING, MI, 11/06/13: A 19-year-old Lansing man who police say shot
himself in the leg early Wednesday faces charges along with the man’s friend
who apparently was present when the shooting happened. Around 1:53 a.m.,
Lansing police responded to a report of a possible shooting near Ada and
Fayette streets, according to a news release from Public Information Officer
Robert Merritt. After a brief investigation, police learned that a subject
had been taken to a local hospital. Officers were able to locate a
19-year-old man at a hospital who had a gunshot wound to his leg. Police
believe that the man accidentally shot himself in the leg. His injuries are
non-life threatening, the news release said.
41.PINEY POINT, MD, 11/06/13: On November 6, 2013, Detective Corporal David
Alexander was participating in firearms training at the Harry Lundeburg
School of Seamanship Firearms Training Facility. While participating in a
live fire exercise, Cpl Alexander sustained a non-life threatening gunshot
wound. He was transported by Maryland State Police Helicopter to University
of Maryland Trauma Center in Baltimore where he was treated and released. An
investigation is ongoing to determine the exact cause of the weapons
discharge. Detective Corporal David Alexander is a thirteen year veteran of
the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.
42.TAMPA, FL, 11/06/13: Tampa police officers have arrested a man who shot
at another man outside a Home Depot where a number of people were walking
through the lot at the time of the Wednesday afternoon shooting. No one was
shot or injured in the shooting, which began after a confrontation when two
vehicles passed each other too closely in the parking lot, police said.
Darrell Strong was charged with discharging a firearm in public, aggravated
assault with a firearm and burglary for the purpose of a battery, police
said. The incident began when Raymond Lindstrom, 35, of New Port Richey,
pulled out of his parking space in a black Ford pickup at around 12:40 p.m.
at the Home Depot, at 1712 N. Dale Mabry Highway. As he tried to exit the
parking area, he drove near a gold minivan driven by Latasha Strong, of
Tampa, in the parking aisle. The two vehicles got too close, making it
difficult to pass safely, police said. Lindstrom and Strong were side by
side and exchanged words through the driver’s side windows, police said. As
the two exchanged words, Strong’s husband, Darrell Strong, 27, of Tampa, and
his friend, John Christian, 40, of Tampa, pulled up in a separate vehicle,
police said. Darrell Strong and Christian confronted Lindstrom, who remained
in his truck. The argument escalated and a fight broke out as Lindstrom was
still in the driver’s seat, police said. Lindstrom took out his gun, which
Darrell Strong and Christian tried to take from him, police said. Darrell
Strong and Christian ran to their car. Lindstrom drove off, but he headed
down a parking aisle that was a dead end, police said. He turned around and
tried driving out of the lot. Darrell Strong retrieved a gun from his car,
police said, and went to the front of the store. As Lindstrom drove by,
Darrell Strong fired two shots at the pickup, police said. Two bullets hit
an unoccupied white Toyota Corrolla that belonged to someone not involved in
the incident. The bullets knocked out the back and a side window. Police
estimate there were about a dozen people between the shooter and the truck
when the shots were fired. No one was shot or injured, police said. Both
Lindstrom and Darrell Strong have concealed weapons permits, police said.
43.WATERVILLE, ME, 11/06/13: A 31-year-old man is recovering at a Boston
hospital after accidentally shooting part of his face off with a rifle
Wednesday night, according to police. Dale Poulin of Waterville and two of
his friends were exchanging hunting stories at a College Avenue apartment
when the incident occurred, according to Waterville police Chief Joseph
Massey. At one point during the conversation, Poulin went outside to his
pickup and brought the high-powered, .270-caliber rifle inside the
residence, according to Massey. For reasons unknown to police, Poulin put
the gun under his chin as he and his friends continued to drink alcohol and
share stories. Massey said Poulin thought the gun was not loaded when he
pulled the trigger, and he never contemplated suicide. The bullet completely
tore off the bottom of Poulin’s face, the chief said. “It’s one of those
things where you mix alcohol and weapons and start to do very unsafe things,
and you end up with a tragedy,” Massey said. When police entered the
residence, they encountered Poulin sitting in a chair with his entire face
torn off below his nose, the chief said.
44.LANDERS, CA, 11/06/13: A convicted felon, who shot himself in the hand,
thought that by hiding the gun, investigating deputies wouldn’t know that he
had a gun in violation of the law. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve
Wilson, Edward Malone, 33, of the 60200 block of Stearman Avenue in Landers,
had been drinking and was cleaning his handgun when the gun went off early
Wednesday morning. The bullet entered the palm of Malone’s hand and traveled
up his arm, coming out at the elbow. Malone drove himself to the emergency
room at Hi-Desert Medical Center where the nurses called the Sheriff’s
Department at 1:30 Wednesday morning. Malone initially told deputies he was
mad at the gun and threw it out in the desert, but he finally told them it
was hidden in the skirting of a hot tub at his residence. Deputies will file
a report with the District Attorney’s office for possible charges against
Edward Malone for being a felon in possession of a gun.
45.WELLSBORO, PA, 11/06/13: A Delmar Township man was the victim of an
accidental shooting on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Timothy Bowers, 41, of Wellsboro,
was allegedly cleaning a firearm at his friend's residence on Stony Fork
Road. As Bowers was attempting to clear the gun by pulling the slide back to
eject the live round, the slide slipped from his hand, closing the action.
Bowers' hand was reportedly on the trigger, which shot a single round into
his left leg.
46.READING, PA, 11/07/13: Emergency crews are on the scene of a reported
shooting inside a grocery store in Reading. The shooting was reported
shortly before 3:45 p.m. inside a store in the 600 block of Greenwich
Street. The victim was standing in the area of the cash registers with his
children when a gun in his pocket accidentally went off, firing a bullet
into one of his legs, police said. An ambulance rushed the victim to the
hospital. The cashier closest to the victim when the gun went off was
extremely shaken by the incident and taken home by store management.
47.EL PASO, TX, 11/07/13: A gun accidentally went off this morning at the
Municipal Court in Northeast El Paso, putting a bullet into the floor. El
Paso Police spokesman Mike Baranyay said that at about 8:15 a.m. a Ruiz
Protective Services guard's gun fired into the floor of the court, 9600
Dyer. No one was injured. Ruiz Protective Services provides security for the
municipal court, which is located next door to the police department's
Northeast Regional Command Center, Baranyay said.
48.BATTLE CREEK, MI, 11/07/13: No one was hurt when a man accidentally fired
a rifle in his house and the bullet struck a neighbor’s house. Battle Creek
police reported the incident in the first block of Woolnough Street about
10:21 p.m. Thursday. The man, 20, said he was admiring an old Russian rifle
he owns but didn’t know it was loaded. He pulled the trigger and the rifle
fired and the bullet passed through his house and struck his neighbor’s
home. One person was inside but she was not hurt and did not know about the
incident until police arrived. The owner of the gun called officers after
the discharge. Police seized the gun for 30 days and the neighbor said he
will seek and submit an estimate to the owner of the gun to have repairs
done to the house.
49.WILLARD, OH, 11/07/13: A Willard area woman likely shot herself in the
leg Thursday evening inside her residence, Huron County Chief Deputy Ted
Patrick said. But detectives won't know for sure until they're able to speak
with her. Misty Wiseman, 35, was flown to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center
in Toledo after the 10 p.m. incident for treatment. Wiseman's boyfriend,
Jeffrey Branham, 38, called deputies after hearing the shot inside the home
and finding Wiseman with a wound to her upper left leg. "Early indications
are that it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound," Patrick said. Whether it
was accidental and the circumstances of exactly how it happened are unclear.
50.HALLSVILLE, TX, 11/08/13: Officials are investigating after a hunter was
found dead this morning in Harrison County from what appears to be an
accidental gunshot wound. According to Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, the
hunter has been identified as 51-year-old Benjamin Randell Huffman of
Hallsville. Huffman’s body was found near a deer stand in a field off Willie
Smith Road south of Hallsville. A witness told deputies he and Huffman were
hunting. The witness had climbed a ladder and was in a deer stand when he
turned around to get his weapon from the victim. The victim then reportedly
handed the rifle to the witness and the rifle discharged with the muzzle
pointing downward toward the Huffman. The witness could not find a cellphone
and drove from the area where they were hunting to a residence on Quail Lane
and had the owners of the residence to call 911.
51.FALLS TOWNSHIP, PA, 11/08/13: A man in Bucks County is under arrest after
bringing his friend to the hospital after shooting him. Friday night around
7:30pm 26-year-old Charles Byle brought his friend, Steven Vickers, to Lower
Bucks Hospital. Vickers was shot in the right bicep. The bullet had traveled
into his chest cavity and behind his heart. At the hospital Byle told
officers he did not know how Vickers got shot, but officers noticed a large
amount of blood on Byle's clothing. A search of Byle's home recovered blood
evidence outside the house, a bong, fireworks in the living room, blood
inside leading to the bedroom, and a revolver and pill bottles in the
bedroom. When Byle was brought in for questioning he admitted to
accidentally shooting Vickers while cleaning the gun. He was arrested and
charged with aggravated assault, possession of drugs with intent to use and
other related offenses.
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