Man accidentally shoots self in ankle

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Christopher Sardelli
A Kershaw man is recovering after accidently shooting himself in a local department store parking lot Friday, Sept. 14.
Lancaster Police Department officers were called at to Walmart, 805 S.C. 9 Bypass, about 7 a.m. that day to help a 21-year-old man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his ankle, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
When officers arrived, members of the Lancaster Fire Department and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office were already there.
The victim, who is a Walmart employee, told officers he was trying to unload a handgun when it fired.
The man said he had parked his vehicle, removed the gun from the small of his back and placed it on his thigh.
He then picked up the gun and tried to lower the hammer on it, believing the safety was on, he told officers.
The gun fired once and struck him in his ankle, the report said.
Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim by ambulance to Springs Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Springs spokeswoman Ashley Shannon said the victim was treated and released from the hospital the same day.
Officers recovered the firearm, a black Beretta 9mm semi-automatic handgun, in the glove box of the man’s vehicle, the report said. The magazine had 17 rounds of ammunition, though the gun was unloaded when officers arrived.
The victim has a valid concealed weapons permit, though officers secured the gun as evidence.
There are no charges in the case, the report said.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at (803) 416-8416