MEDINA, Ohio – Five people have been injured in accidental shootings at gun shows in North Carolina, Indiana and Ohio.
At the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh on Saturday, a 12-gauge shotgun discharged as its owner unzipped its case at a security entrance. Two bystanders were hit by shotgun pellets. A retired deputy sheriff’s hand was struck.
The shotgun’s owner, 36-year-old Gary Lynn Wilson, brought the weapon to the show to find a private buyer, a show official said.
In Indianapolis, Emory L. Cozee shot his hand as he was unloading his .45-caliber semi-automatic while leaving the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife Show. Police say the shooting was accidental.
And in Medina, Ohio, a gun dealer was checking out a semi-automatic handgun he’d bought when he accidentally pulled the trigger. Police say the gun’s magazine had been removed, but one round remained in the chamber.
The bullet ricocheted off the floor and struck a friend’s arm and leg. The man was taken by helicopter to a hospital 30 miles north in Cleveland, police said.