GF man shoots himself while trying to take pistol apart

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By Chris Sardelli

A Great Falls man remained hospitalized at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 11, a few days after accidentally shooting himself in the stomach.

The 46-year-old man was found by deputies just after 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, inside an apartment in the 1000 block of Woodcreek Apartments, which is off Meeting Street, after the man’s friend called 911, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

The man was lying on a kitchen floor with a towel on his stomach when deputies arrived. 

According to the report, the 50-year-old apartment resident told deputies the victim was a visiting friend.

Just before the incident, the resident said the two of them were talking about problems with a new Cobra Firearms 380-caliber semiautomatic handgun he just bought. 

The victim looked at the gun, removed a round from the gun’s chamber and put another round inside of it to show his friend what was wrong with the gun, the report said.

As the victim was trying to take the gun apart, the report said the gun discharged and shot him in the stomach.

The friend asked the victim if he was OK and the victim said he had just been shot. He then helped the victim to the floor and dialed 911. 

Deputies arrived first and cleared the scene for Emergency Medical Services to treat the man. 

One deputy remained with the victim, while another deputy found and secured the firearm.

Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw said on Monday that investigators determined the shooting was an accident.

The report said the victim was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, though hospital spokeswoman Ashley Shannon. He was then transported to Carolinas Medical Center. 

A CMC spokeswoman said Tuesday, Sept. 11, the victim remains in critical condition. 


 Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416