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June 26, 2013
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One bullet hurts two men in Bridgeport shooting range accident

A shooting accident resulted in injury to a father and son in Bridgeport on Tuesday afternoon.

The 57-year-old father and the 30-year-old son were at the Bridgeport gun range at about 4:30 p.m. when a .223 rifle went off hitting the son in the right leg, according to Mono County Public Information Officer Jennifer Hansen.

The bullet penetrated both the younger man’s legs and exited through his left foot.

The father, who was standing next to his son, received shrapnel injuries as a result of the shooting.

Careflight helicopter ambulance transported both men to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno for their wounds, Hansen said.

Units from the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Paramedics, and Bridgeport Fire Department responded to the scene.

The incident prompted Hansen to remind shooters to practice basic firearm safety.

“It’s very important to remember basic firearm safety tips to ensure your own safety and the safety of those around you,” she said. “Always treat all guns as if they are loaded, even if you think they are unloaded.”

Other tips include:

■ Always keep the gun pointed in the safest possible direction. A ‘safe direction’ is one where an accidental discharge of the gun will not cause any injury or damage.

■ Always keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot.

■ Know your target, its surroundings and beyond.

■ Be aware of all the people around you before you shoot. Know how to properly operate your gun.

“Remember, it is your personal responsibility to ensure your weapon is secure and safe,” she said. “Use firearm safety devices on the gun, such as a trigger lock or cable lock.”

For more gun safety tips, visit the California Department of Justice Firearms Bureau website at http://oag.ca.gov/firearms.


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