Man Accidentally Shoots Self in Leg After New Gun Purchase

SANDY, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- A 29-year-old man is recovering after police say he accidentally shot himself in the thigh.

It happened around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Scheel's parking lot (that's 11282 South State St.).

Lt. Dean Carriger with Sandy Police Department said he had just purchased the weapon.

"He took that gun out to his vehicle in the parking lot, at which time he loaded the handgun and attempted to put that gun in a holster."

That's when the gun discharged, shooting him in the right thigh.

Lt. Carriger says he is expected to survive his injuries.

"If you decide to go out and make a purchase of a firearm, make sure you understand how that firearm operates before you start to manipulate that firearm," the lieutenant said.


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