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Gun Store Employee Shoot's Customer.

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Nightshade, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. Nightshade

    Nightshade vancouver,WA Well-Known Member

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    Authorities say an employee at a New Mexico gun shop was unloading a handgun when he accidentally shot a customer in the back, wounding him.

    The Las Cruses Sun-News reports the 65-year-old customer was airlifted from Silver City to a Texas hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.

    Silver City Police Chief Ed Reynolds says an employee at Copper County Sporting Arms was unloading a .45 caliber handgun Tuesday when the weapon went off, shooting the man in the back.

    Emergency responders closed off the street in front of the shop so a medical helicopter could land. The helicopter then flew the man to an El Paso, Texas, hospital for treatment.

    Reynolds says the investigation is ongoing, and it's unclear whether any charges will be filed. No names have been released.

    A person who answered the phone Tuesday at Copper Country declined to talk to the Sun-News.


    Read more: Gun store employee accidentally shoots customer in the back | Fox News
     
  2. keystir

    keystir Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    I never turn my back on a loaded firearm.
     
  3. jmurray192

    jmurray192 wilsonville oregon Active Member

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    In other news man gets shot in back and now owns a gun shop.....
     
  4. mortar maggot

    mortar maggot western wa Active Member

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    This is pretty much my thought, the gun store owner, must be at wits end seeing all his hard work in jeopardy.

    How in the heck did the employee ever have a gun pointing anywhere near the direction of a person when "unloading" let alone a finger on the bang switch.
     
  5. Gaucho Gringo

    Gaucho Gringo Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Ain't that the truth. All you can hope is the present owner has enough insurance to cover his a**.
     
  6. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    This gets my post of the day award
     
  7. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Why was the gun even loaded inside the shop?
     
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  8. Chee-to

    Chee-to Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Yup, bad service always trumps getting shot in the back...........:laugh:
     
  9. BIG_GUNNUT

    BIG_GUNNUT North Central Oregon Active Member

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    I don't have a problem with a loaded gun, but why was it unholstered?
     
  10. g.i. joe

    g.i. joe Portland Active Member

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    Hard to tell exactly what happened, but... Ive seen it too many times, a person removes the magazine, racks the slide a few times, points the pistol away and presses the trigger... without doing a chamber check or following the 4 laws. They magically thing racking the slide is a fool proof way of unloading. Shame, their incompetence can cause so much suffering or death.
     
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  11. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    this.

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  12. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    I do, often, but only with competent friends that I know well and trust.

    Stranger in a gunshop? Not so much.
     
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  13. EUGENE the REALTOR

    EUGENE the REALTOR Portland Metro Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    My guess is he wouldve been shot in the chest then...
     
  14. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Sure it is

    IF THE MAGAZINE IS OUT.
    I heard of a guy who was asked (vid is on here some place) why he had the gun.he racked the slide,dropped the magazine and put the gun to his head,as to show it was safe.
    Pulled the trigger and killed himself in front of the girl who asked him about it.

    RV,what's wrong with a loaded gun in the store? Don't customers do this every time they carry?
    And kestir,it kind of naive to think you never turn your back on a loaded gun when you never know who is carrying.
    If you are shopping and have your back to someone as they unload their gun and they don't tell you,how would you know?
     
  15. Nightshade

    Nightshade vancouver,WA Well-Known Member

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    story say's in the back.
     
  16. ShootFirst

    ShootFirst Southern Oregon Active Member

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    I am not saying this happened by complacency is where accident happen.
    As I am sure the store has a policy for loading and unloading when needed.
    I severely doubt the policy says " point the business end at a human " when unloading.

    I am sorry a guy got shot that really sucks, but should be lesson to everyone.

    When is a gun safe ? When a human is not holding it !
     
  17. keystir

    keystir Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    I woulda put him down before he had the chance.
     
  18. 22many

    22many PNW Well-Known Member

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    Hey it could of been worse. The headline could of read "CHL holder shoots gun store employee after employee shoots customer in back". :)
     
  19. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    100% complacency. I would imagine you could get that way handling 1000 guns a week.
    Oh and this was negligence not accidental.

    Goodness this made me excited.
    Man you are something.:worship:

    Hope I'm never in a store when you are.
     
  20. keystir

    keystir Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    Don't worry, You'd never see me if I didn't want you to.