Accidental shooting ends in death, arrest

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Victim, suspect forbidden from carrying guns

By Chris Sardelli

A Lancaster man is dead, and an acquaintance of his has been arrested, after an accidental shooting inside a South Avenue home Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Demario Buchanon, 30, 622 N. Market St., was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a handgun and possession of stolen property, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Investigators say Buchanon was handling a handgun just before 8 p.m. Tuesday when it accidentally discharged and struck Robert A. Hood, 35, in the abdomen, the release said.

Deputies learned of the shooting at about 8:09 p.m. after receiving a call from Springs Memorial Hospital about a gunshot victim who was brought in by personal vehicle.

Hood was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived at the hospital, the release said.

A team of criminal and crime scene investigators responded to the hospital, as well as a home in the 400 block of South Avenue where the shooting happened.

Based on their investigation, authorities say Hood met with Buchanon inside Hood’s South Avenue home to acquire a handgun, the release said.

Both men were handling the gun when it discharged once and struck Hood. The release said investigators determined the shooting was accidental.

Investigators found the handgun, which had been reported stolen, hidden near the scene.

Both Hood and Buchanon are prohibited by law from possessing firearms and Buchanon was soon arrested, the release said.

On Wednesday afternoon, Buchanon remained jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

“It is unfortunate these individuals who were not legally allowed to possess a weapon put themselves in this position causing someone to lose their life,” said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile.

Faile urged residents to be careful when handling firearms.

“Everyone should always be mindful of safety when handling firearms and remember the cardinal rules of firearms safety. 1- Treat all firearms as if they are loaded.  2- Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. 3- Keep your finger off the trigger until you have made conscious decision to fire. 4- Be sure of your target and what’s beyond it,” Faile said in the release.