A man accidently shot his brother in the leg on Interstate 80 Saturday morning.
The two Elko, Nev. men, ages 21 and 22, were driving to Salt Lake City for a Jazz basketball game when they started talking about how to take apart the two different models of guns they had with them, said Tooele County Sheriff's deputy Eli Wayman.
About 10 a.m., the 22-year-old passenger pulled back the slider on his Springfield XD 40-caliber pistol without realizing there was a bullet in the chamber, Wayman said. When he released the slider, the gun fired. The shot hit his brother in the calf a few inches below the knee and exited about four inches above the ankle.
The man was taken to University of Utah hospital by medical helicopter in stable condition.
–– Lindsay Whitehurst
That's not an accident.
1. On the XD, you need to activate the grip safety
2. Engage the trigger safety (just like the glock)
3. Pull the trigger
before it goes bang.
What we have here is a ND. NEGLIGENT DISCHARGE.
I politely wrote Lindsay a quick note about the difference.
up yeah, wtf... man up and don't blame the firearm. The gun ain't going off unless you pull the trigger.
Where do they find these brilliant reporters?
A "bullet" in the chamber?
He released the "slider"?
So, this was a simultaneous violation of Rule One ("I didn't know it was loaded!"), Rule Two ("Don't point your gun at anything you aren't prepared to destroy –– that includes your brother's ankle, numbnuts.") and Rule Three ("Keep your MFing finger off the MFing trigger, MF").