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Man injured in accidental shooting outside of gun show in Sandy

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Posted at 5:06 PM, Apr 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-30 21:53:43-04

SANDY, Utah — A man went to a hospital with a superficial gunshot wound Saturday after his firearm accidentally discharged in the parking lot of a venue where a gun show was underway.

The shooting occurred around 4:15 p.m. in the parking lot at South Towne Expo Center, 9575 South State Street in Sandy, Saturday.

According to police at the scene, a man left the gun show and returned to his vehicle in the parking lot. Because loaded weapons are not allowed inside the venue during the show, the man had left his gun in the car.

“Following the gun show he had returned to his car and he had retrieved his weapon and was re-holstering it prior to leaving, at which time he accidentally discharged the weapon, which is a .40-caliber pistol, shooting himself in the right thigh,” said Sgt. Dean Carriger of the Sandy Police Department.

The 62-year-old man from Kaysville suffered a minor injury. He was transported to a nearby hospital to be evaluated.

“It’s just a reminder to everybody that they need to fully understand their weapons and use due diligence and caution when handling weapons, especially if they know that they are loaded,” Carriger said.