5 Hurt in Shootings Nationwide at Gun Shows Saturday

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) -- Accidental shootings at gun shows in North Carolina, Indiana and Ohio left five people injured Saturday.

At the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh, a 12-gauge shotgun discharged as its owner unzipped its case for a law enforcement officer to check at a security entrance, injuring three people, state Agriculture Department spokesman Brian Long said.

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

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

The North Carolina show, which is held at the state fairgrounds, is a quarterly event that usually draws thousands of people. The two-day show shut down early Saturday but will reopen Sunday.

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

Emory L. Cozee was loading his .45 caliber semi-automatic when he shot himself in the hand as he was leaving the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife show at the state fairgrounds, state police said. Loaded personal weapons aren't allowed inside the show.

Cozee, of Indianapolis, was hospitalized for treatment. Police say the shooting was accidental and no charges will be filed.

And in Ohio, a gun dealer in Medina was checking out a semi-automatic handgun he had bought Saturday when he accidentally pulled the trigger, injuring his friend, police said. 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 ricocheted off the floor and struck the friend in the arm and leg. The man was taken by helicopter to a hospital 30 miles north in Cleveland, Berarducci said. His condition wasn't immediately known.


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  • by REN Location: Lansing on Jan 21, 2013 at 07:34 AM
    Good headline. Thank GOD nobody was killed. It is stupid to transport loaded guns to a gun show. A headline containing the number of people KILLED in Chicago every day with unregistered guns with large capacity magazines would be a bigger story. But, it doesn’t fit obamas agenda, makes his town look ignorant, and out of step with the pulse of the nation.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2013 at 02:25 PM
    Well this is what happens when you let everyone have guns. Take them all away, police and the military are the only ones who need to have guns.
  • by Valgus on Jan 20, 2013 at 12:01 PM
    It is all the fault of those darn guns. None of this would have happened if guns weren't involved. There are an infinite number of permutations of how "man" can hurt, maime or kill others. All of those need to be outlawed, so we can be safe.
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