A Salem man was seriously injured after a handgun he was unloading fired a single round into his left hand this afternoon, police said. Michael Lowe, 35, was at a friends house in the 2900 block of Vick Avenue NW unloading the .45-caliber handgun, Salem Police Lt. Mark Keagle said. The gun belonged to a friend, Keagle said. They were looking at it and trying to unload it. Lowe held the gun pointed at his left hand and had his finger on the trigger when it fired one shot, the lieutenant said. It fired into the meaty part of his left hand and wrist, Keagle said. A friend called 911 at 3:40 p.m. and Lowe was taken to Salem Hospital by ambulance. His condition was not immediately available, but police said the injury was not life threatening. Salem police remind people to use extreme caution when handling firearms. Treat all firearms as if they are loaded and never cover the muzzle with any portion of your body, Keagle said. Never point it at you, any portion of your body or anyone else.