Two Senior Citizens Wounded After Responsible Gun Owner Drops Loaded Weapon In Grocery Store (VIDEO)

A 59-year-old Pennsylvania gun owner loaded up his .380 automatic pistol, placed it in his fanny pack and then went off to the Richland Township Giant Eagle grocery store, apparently to do some shopping. While in the grocery store, authorities say Gerry Good ‘bent over to pick something up.’ When he did, the loaded weapon fell out of his ‘trusty’ fanny pack, hitting the floor and discharging.

Northern Regional Police rushed to the scene, under the impression that there was an active shooter inside the store. Thankfully, police were informed of the situation shortly after arriving at the store.

Two unidentified victims, described as senior citizens, were injured when Good’s gun went off in the store. Authorities say that the two victims, a man and a woman, were ‘superficially wounded’ by debris during the incident. The woman was treated for a leg injury and the man suffered an injury to his knee, according to KDKA in Pittsburgh.

Good’s gun was confiscated by authorities. He was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of simple assault.

Here’s more on the incident from KDKA:

Last October, a woman who was also carrying a loaded gun in a fanny pack accidentally shot her husband, while the couple was shopping at a Sam’s Club in Glendora, California. According to the Los Angeles Times, Helen Marie Duncan, age 50, dropped the fanny pack containing her handgun. The gun discharged and her husband, Robert, was hit in the arm.

A Wal-Mart shopper also dropped his gun at a store in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The gun discharged when it hit the floor. Thankfully no-one was injured in that incident.

Aside from responsible gun owners endangering lives by dropping loaded weapons in public places, there have been several incidents in recent years where guns were ‘accidentally’ discharged inside stores.

For instance, last year a responsible gun owner shot himself in the butt while reaching for his wallet at a Home Depot Store in Brighton, Michigan. In a similar incident in a Wal-Mart in Waco, Texas, another shopper mistook his gun for his wallet, also shooting himself in the butt. After the bullet struck the gun owner, it ricocheted off the floor, wounding a woman and her four-year-old daughter with debris.

In some cases a negligent gun owner is prosecuted for failing to secure a weapon or recklessly endangering the public. In too many cases, however, these types of incidents are treated as ‘unfortunate accidents,’ rather than as criminal negligence.

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