Man with no gun license inadvertently shoots himself in genitals
An unlicensed gun owner was rushed to hospital for treatment of injuries sustained to his genitals, after his firearm went off inside of his pants.
Mark Anthony Jones, who is 46 years old, was taken to the emergency room at Marion General Hospital for his self inflicted wound. He explained to police that he'd been taking a walk near to a Girl Scout Cabin in Indiana when his Hi-Point 9mm started to slip in his pants.
Jones reportedly reached into his pants to adjust the position of the gun, which was unholstered in his waistband, but when he did so, the gun went off. Marion Police Department's deputy chief Stephen D Dorsey explained the extent of Jones' injuries in a statement.
"The bullet entered just above his penis and exited his scrotum," said Deputy Chief Dorsey.
"On February 28, 2019 at approximately 6:44 am, officers of the Marion Police Department responded to the emergency room department of Marion General Hospital for an accidental self-inflicted gunshot injury.
"Officers met with Mark Anthony Jones, age 46 in the emergency room department. Jones reported that he was walking on the walkway near the Girl Scout cabin. Jones reported that the Hi Point 9mm handgun he was carrying in his waist band (without a holster) began to slip. He reached down to adjust the gun and the gun discharged."
Dorsey confirmed that the case would be submitted to the Grant County Prosecutors office for review. It's not yet known why Jones was walking nearby to the Girl Scout cabin, but this is far from the only time that someone has reported to hospital having accidentally shot themselves.
Last month, a Texas man accidentally shot himself in the stomach at his daughter's 16th birthday party. Harris County Sheriff's Office reports that the unidentified man was whirling his gun around when it went off, and the man was taken to hospital for treatment.
And this isn't the only recent instance of unlikely gunshot injury. Back in November, a man in New Mexico was out hunting jackrabbits when his dog accidentally pulled the trigger on a shotgun that had been tossed in the backseat.
ABC News reports that Sonny Gilligan - who is also known as "Tex" - broke three of his ribs, broke his collarbone and even injured a lung in the incident. But the 74-year-old says that Charlie - the dog who shot the gun that injured his master - is not to blame for shooting him in the back, saying he's already forgiven his furry friend.
"It went through my ribs my lung and busted up my collarbone on the right side. I had a gaping hole, you know, and a lot of blood there too. I never thought that this would happen. It’s an interesting story: a dog shot a man!"
"[Charlie] did not mean to do it. He's a good dog," Gilligan said.