Patient accidentally shoots himself at VA Medical Center annex
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – A veteran came into the lobby of the Birmingham VA Clinic, Friday morning, with a weapon and a gunshot wound. According to Birmingham VA spokesman, Jeff Hester, the patient had shot himself inside of his car in the parking deck. Jerry Snider, a veteran who was at the clinic, came in around the same time. “I parked on the second floor, got on the elevator to ride down, and there was blood all in the elevator,” he said. “All the way into the entrance there to the lobby. That’s all I saw. And a man laying there.”
Hester says, to the best of his knowledge, the shooting was an accident. However, the incident will be reviewed by several law enforcement agencies. Weapons are not permitted on any federal facility. “He willingly gave over the weapon,” Hester said. “It was nothing confrontational. They called down the physician and then we called paramedics and the physician provided medical attention until we got him to the appropriate level of care.”
The man was hit in the arm, and his injuries do not appear to be life threatening. The gun was confiscated by police as soon as he entered the lobby. “I think everybody did a really great job,” said Hester. “Right now our leadership is down there with some of the staff at the clinic just thanking them for what they did and and making sure that everybody is okay, because it is startling when you hear that.”
It was startling for some in the area. Snider says he didn’t know what was happening when he came across the scene in the lobby. “There were people all around him,” he explained. “They’re not suppose to bring any kind of weapon on property, so that’s about all I can tell you.”
“We didn’t feel at any point that anybody else was in danger,” said Hester. “Our concern was to get the patient the care and get him to the appropriate level of treatment.” The facility never went on lock down. However, Hester says the staff is prepared in case a situation arises. “All of our staff have been well trained for those kind of situations, and that’s why we have a police presence at that facility.”
Police say Mesquite woman accidentally shot herself, made up story about gunman
Mesquite, Tx (3-18-16) Police say a Mesquite woman accidentally shot herself Thursday then made up a story that an intruder attacked her.
Martha Calderon, 53, was charged with making a false report, a Class B misdemeanor, police said.
Officers were called to a home on Cantura Drive on Thursday afternoon and found Calderon with a gunshot wound in the shoulder. She told police a man entered her home and shot her, police said.
After being treated and released from a hospital, Calderon was questioned by police and admitted making up the intruder because she was embarrassed about shooting herself, authorities say.
Calderon was arrested Friday and released on $1,000 bond.
ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING Cleaning Gun
Battle Creek, Mi (3-18-16) A 26-year-old Battle Creek woman was treated for an accidental gunshot wound to her leg after a handgun she was cleaning discharged. Battle Creek police reported the shooting at 6:58 p.m. March 12 but the report was completed and released Friday. The shooting occurred in the 200 block of Lynwood Drive. The woman told officers she was lying on her bed cleaning the Glock pistol and a bullet still in the chamber fired, hitting her in the left thigh. Police said the woman is paralyzed below the chest and did not feel any pain. She called to others in the house and was taken to Bronson Battle Creek for treatment of the wound. Officers said the gun was registered to the woman and she owns several weapons and performs her own maintenance.
Suspect shoots gun during road rage incident in Sun Prairie
SUN PRAIRIE, Wi (3-18-16) Police are searching for a person who allegedly shot a gun during a road rage incident.
The driver reportedly fired a gun in the air on U.S. Highway 151 in Sun Prairie just before 11 p.m. Thursday night.
Police said both cars drove southbound following the incident.
If you have any information about this incident please contact the Sun Prairie Police Department.
Reckless shooter indicted for heroin possession charge
PORTSMOUTH, NH (3-18-16) A Dover man, previously convicted for firing a handgun and grazing a neighbor with a bullet, was indicted for a pair of felonies alleging his possession of heroin and his attempt to hide a hypodermic needle from investigating officers.
Corey Field, 27, of 2 Willowbrook Apartments, Dover, was indicted by the most recent Rockingham County Superior Court grand jury. One of the indictments alleges Field was in possession of heroin on Dec. 17 in Portsmouth and has a prior drug-related conviction. The indictment states that Field was convicted for dealing prescription drugs in Dover on Nov. 5, 2010.
The second indictment, for falsifying physical evidence, alleges Field concealed a hypodermic needle in a trash bin outside a Portsmouth business, in a deliberate attempt to impair a police investigation.
An indictment means the grand jury found enough information to take the case to trial and is not a finding of guilt.
Field was arrested for gun-related charges of reckless conduct and falsifying evidence in 2014, when he lived at of 16 Leonard St. in Rochester. Police said he admitted to accidentally firing his .40 Smith & Wesson Sigma pistol and that a bullet went through his wall, across the street and into a home where it hit 20-year-old Josh DeMeritt in the forehead. Police said at the time that DeMeritt was uninjured because the bullet "lost momentum" after going through walls and windows.
After the accidental shooting, Field was charged with felony counts of reckless conduct and falsifying physical evidence, the latter charge alleging he hid the spent bullet casing from police to hinder the investigation. Rochester Police Capt. Gary Boudreau said Friday the charges were reduced to misdemeanors as part of a plea deal and the case is closed with two guilty pleas.
Man Accidentally Shoots Himself Outside Abilene Bar
ABILENE, TX (3-18-16) An accidental shooting outside the Mall of Abilene leaves one man injured.
The incident happened just before 10 p.m. Friday night outside the Chelsea Street Pub.
First responders found the victim inside a pickup with a gunshot wound to the leg. Early reports indicate the injury was self-inflicted. Witnesses say the man had been drinking and was attempting to show off a handgun when it went off.
Abilene Police say the unidentified victim does have a license to carry.
East Cleveland Accidental Shooting
Cleveland, Oh (3-18-16) Gun fired, Northvale Boulevard: A man was driving his car at 10 p.m. March 11 and speaking on his cell phone with his girlfriend. As he spoke, he attempted to remove a loaded magazine from his handgun and accidentally shot himself in the heel of his foot.
The man managed to pick up his girlfriend on Euclid Avenue at Taylor Road, then drive to the East Cleveland police station. East Cleveland police had the man transferred to University Hospital where he met with Cleveland Heights police officers.
The gun was found not to be a stolen weapon, but police are investigating the matter. The man was cited for discharging a firearm within city limits.
Police probing shooting death at Hager Street party
Beckley, WV (3-19-16) Police are investigating an incident that took place Wednesday night on Hager Street.
Chief Lonnie Christian said a man was allegedly handling a gun at a party and may have accidentally shot himself in the head. Police are investigating exactly what took place.
The victim died Thursday at Charleston Area Medical Center.
The man’s identity is not being released at this time, but his body was sent to the State Medical Examiner for an autopsy.
“We are currently reviewing all evidence before making any final determinations,” Christian said. “There were other persons there at the time, and we are thoroughly reviewing this also.”