5 hurt in shootings at US gun shows

2013-01-20 08:21

Washington - Accidental gunfire at three gun shows around the United States on Saturday left five injured, authorities said, the same day that thousands of gun advocates gathered peacefully at state capitals around the US to rally against stricter firearm limits.

Three people were injured in Raleigh, North Carolina, at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show at the state fairgrounds, a quarterly event that usually draws thousands of people. State agriculture department spokesperson Brian Long said a 12-gauge shotgun discharged as its owner unzipped its case for a law enforcement officer to check at a security entrance.

Two bystanders were hit by shotgun pellets and taken to a hospital. A retired deputy sheriff suffered a slight hand injury.

Long said the shotgun's owner, 36-year-old Gary Lynn Wilson, brought the weapon to the show to find a private buyer. Sheriff Donnie Harrison said it was too early to know whether Wilson might be charged.

In Indiana, police said a 54-year-old Indianapolis man was injured when he accidentally shot himself while leaving a gun show.

Loaded weapons not allowed

State Police said Emory L Cozee was loading his .45 calibre semi-automatic when he shot himself in the hand as he was leaving the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife show at the state fairgrounds. Loaded personal weapons are not allowed inside the show.

Cozee was hospitalised for treatment. Police say the shooting was accidental and no charges will be filed.

Meanwhile, authorities in Ohio said a gun dealer in Medina was checking out a semi-automatic handgun he had bought when he accidentally pulled the trigger, injuring his friend. The gun's magazine had been removed from the firearm but one round remained in the chamber, police said.

Police Chief Pat Berarducci said it appears the bullet struck the floor and the man was wounded in the arm and leg. Berarducci said the man was taken by helicopter to a Cleveland hospital. His condition was not immediately known.

The gun rallies held on Saturday coincide with President Barack Obama's unveiling of a sweeping package of federal gun-control proposals in the wake of a Connecticut elementary school shooting that killed 20 first-graders and six educators last month.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2013-01-20 08:27

    if it wasn't so scary it might be funny

      mlucejko - 2013-01-20 09:29

      They are a bunch of "Bloody Cowboys" !!

  • Adrian van der Merwe - 2013-01-20 08:41

    Americans are war mongers!

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-20 09:32

      But Americans are indeed warmongers. They have been in war since the end of WW11!

      FeebleGastro - 2013-01-20 09:59

      So when was World War Eleven?

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-20 12:03

      Stupid questions have no answers and yours qualifies as a profoundly stupid one! I'm under no obligation to educate you!

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-20 17:26

      I can see why you are single and available... women like men with brains...

  • gcj.wood - 2013-01-20 08:42

    Is it just me or has there been more and more evidence pointing to the fact that Americans and Firearms are definitely not a very good combination?

      gcj.wood - 2013-01-20 09:21

      Johan, not sure where that came from but I'd like to point out that any criminal and firearm is a bad combination.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-20 09:58

      Gcj, Sure, like Chinese and KNIVES !!!!

      manfred.meyer - 2013-01-20 10:36

      @ Clinton. Exactly what I was thinking, false flag operations to strip local populace of arms. Perhaps their government is planning some unpopular moves in the future. lol

  • Bob - 2013-01-20 08:46

    Who manages to shoot himself in the hand? What an idiot.

      gcj.wood - 2013-01-20 09:23

      Someone with no weapons training whatsoever!

  • immanuell.mathekga - 2013-01-20 09:15

    And we blame 20 year olds for rampage shooting when even adults can not control themselves with guns? Come Yankees.

  • Michael Hawthorne - 2013-01-20 09:27

    The problem is competency. They aren't smart enough to handle guns. It's not a toy. If you play with it you will get hurt! Like lighting a stick of dynamite in your hand but the use is only a few mm long

  • fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-20 09:30

    Guns don't hurt people, it's people that hurt each other?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-20 09:57

      . Exactly !!! Like on the same day of the US school shooting in December, someone in CHINA, stabbed 27 school children !!!

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-20 10:21

      I had thought that sarcasm transmits in cyber space!

      simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-01-20 16:15

      Yeah, but it's people with guns that kill a whole lot of people.

  • jean.rossouwsa - 2013-01-20 09:32


      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-20 12:08

      Intl news. Not all of us are isolated in our farms and we get to read and commnent on issues happening in other countries. Ever head of the World Wide Web?

  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2013-01-20 09:35

    the war monger George Bush is about to shoot himself

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-20 09:43

    Please note that no-one accidentally stabbed themselves at the Dixie Gun and Knife show

  • werner.nel.712 - 2013-01-20 09:57

    Wonder how many people get hurt and killed by cars?

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2013-01-20 10:14

    it's reassuring to know that south africans aren't the only ones who shouldn't be allowed near firearms.

      suerita.fortuin - 2013-01-20 13:03

      ...rather, is reassuring to knw that south africans aren't tht simple around never hears of this happen to us..we so scared of dying we'll change a magazine wearing a bombsuit.

  • steven.hing.12 - 2013-01-20 10:46

    Then again accidental knife cuts usually go unreported.

  • suerita.fortuin - 2013-01-20 11:02

    i say no more... :/

  • simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-01-20 16:12

    Serves them right, they should play with killimg machines.

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-20 17:33

      A keyboard in your hands is dangerous...

  • thys.reeder - 2013-01-21 14:35

    There are four RULES wrt handling firearms, not four suggestions. Stupid people, they are among us, they breed and they vote.

      thys.reeder - 2013-01-21 14:38

      Rumour has it that policeman were handling the firearms when the negligent discharges happened. If so, this is truly astonishing.

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