A Peterson Circle resident was treated at Concord
Hospital on Aug. 6, after accidentally shooting himself in the leg, according
to Concord Police.
At 9:45 a.m., officers were called to the home after the 73-year-old man shot himself in the leg. The man was unable to move from his second floor bedroom, according to police. Officers and Concord Fire and Rescue teams broke down the home’s door down to assist, according to a police statement.
“After making entry into the home, officers could hear the male subject calling out,” Lt. Timothy O’Malley, the commander of the criminal investigations division for the department. “Officers noticed that the male subject was bleeding from his left leg and discovered a .45 caliber handgun on the bedroom nightstand.”
Fire and rescue teams treated and transported the man to Concord Hospital.
After investigating the matter, it was determined that the man was attempting to unload the handgun when he shot himself. There was no one else in the home at the time of the incident, O’Malley said, adding that police don’t suspect foul-play
“No charges are expected as a result of this incident,” he noted.
This is the second time in a week that someone was accidentally shot with a handgun.
O’Malley said that the department doesn’t offer gun safety training but there are private organizations around the state that do. He said police often tell gun owners that they should always take precautions when handling guns and always assume that a weapon is loaded at all times.
“People need to be careful with firearms in the home,” O’Malley said. “They shouldn’t be pointed any anyone … and people need to be sure that it is handled properly and in a safe manner.”