Man accidentally shoots self in hand

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Christopher Sardelli
A man visiting from Nashville, Tenn., is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the hand at a Lancaster home late last month.
Deputies responded to Springs Memorial Hospital at 9:20 a.m. Feb. 24, about a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The victim, a 22-year-old man, told deputies he was in town visiting his brother and had been attending a birthday party at the brother’s house in the 3300 block of Lynwood Drive.
Sometime the next morning, the man opened a lock box inside the home and pulled out a .9mm handgun, the report said.
“(The victim) stated that he was trying to cock the gun and placed his left hand on the front of the slide to pull it back,” a deputy wrote in the report. “(The victim) stated that the gun went off as soon as he started pulling back the slide and he realized that he shot his hand.”
The man began screaming and a family member drove him to the emergency room, the report said.
Investigators interviewed the man’s family, who said they did not hear the gunshot, but jumped out of bed after hearing the man screaming “I shot myself” as he ran through the house, the report said.
The deputies examined the gunshot wound and noticed the man was shot through his palm.
During a search of the house, deputies noticed blood on the floor and wall of a back bedroom, as well as a hole in a leather couch.
Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw said charges were not filed. The case is closed since no criminal activity occurred.
“(Deputies) have talked to him a couple of times and I assume he’s OK now,” Shaw said. “It doesn’t appear anything major happened to him.”

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