Accidental shootings at gun shows in North Carolina, Indiana and Ohio left five people injured Saturday.
At the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh, a 12-gauge shotgun discharged as its owner unzipped its case for a law enforcement officer to check at a security entrance, injuring three people, state Agriculture Department spokesman Brian Long said.
Two bystanders were hit by shotgun pellets and taken to a hospital. A retired deputy sheriff suffered a slight hand injury.
The shotgun's owner, 36-year-old Gary Lynn Wilson, brought the weapon to the show to find a private buyer, Long said. Sheriff Donnie Harrison said that it was too early to know whether Wilson might be charged but that it appeared to be an accident.
The North Carolina show, which is held at the state fairgrounds, is a quarterly event that usually draws thousands of people. The two-day show shut down early Saturday but will reopen Sunday.
In Indianapolis, police said a 54-year-old man was injured when he accidentally shot himself while leaving a gun show.
Emory L. Cozee was loading his .45 caliber semi-automatic when he shot himself in the hand as he was leaving the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife show at the state fairgrounds, state police said. Loaded personal weapons aren't allowed inside the show.
Cozee, of Indianapolis, was hospitalized for treatment. Police say the shooting was accidental and no charges will be filed.
And in Ohio, a gun dealer in Medina was checking out a semi-automatic handgun he had bought Saturday when he accidentally pulled the trigger, injuring his friend, police said. The gun's magazine had been removed from the firearm, but one round remained in the chamber, police said.
Police Chief Pat Berarducci said it appears the bullet ricocheted off the floor and struck the friend in the arm and leg. The man was taken by helicopter to a hospital 30 miles north in Cleveland, Berarducci said. His condition wasn't immediately known.
A police chief says a big quarterly gun show at North Carolina's state fairgrounds is barring private gun sales after an accidental shooting injured three people.
State Fairgrounds Police Chief Joel Keith said a 12-gauge shotgun discharged Saturday while its owner removed it from its case for a retired sheriff's deputy to check. That was at a security entrance to the Dixie Gun and Knife Show, which draws thousands of people to the fairgrounds in Raleigh.
Keith says the officer didn't need treatment for his slight hand injury.
Keith says two bystanders were hit by shotgun pellets and taken to a hospital. They are 54-year-old Janet Hoover of Benson and 50-year-old Linwood Hester of Durham.
Shotgun owner Gary Lynn Wilson of Wilmington brought the weapon looking for a private buyer.
Officials say two people were accidentally shot and wounded at a gun show at the North Carolina state fairgrounds.
It happened Saturday at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show, a quarterly event that usually draws thousands of people to the fairgrounds in Raleigh.
The fairground is operated by the state agriculture department. Agency spokesman Brian Long says a 12-gauge shotgun discharged while its owner unzipped its case for a law enforcement officer to check it at a security entrance.
Emergency crews responded to the scene, and two people were loaded into ambulances.
Long says the shotgun's owner brought the weapon to the show to find a private buyer.
The show shut down early Saturday.
Gunshots erupted at a big gun show at North Carolina's state fairgrounds in what witnesses are calling an accidental shooting.
It happened Saturday at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show, a quarterly event that usually draws thousands of people to the fairgrounds in Raleigh. The facility's police department did not respond to messages from The Associated Press.
Witnesses said it appeared a pistol went off accidentally as a law enforcement officer was unloading it at a security check-in area, hitting a person in the hand and at least one other person. Emergency crews responded to the scene and two people were loaded into ambulances.
The show shut down early Saturday.