Man shooting friend in back represents 2nd firearm-related injury in 2 days at Iron County range

Iron County Shooting Range in the Three Peaks Recreation Area, Iron County, Utah, April 6, 2021

(Jeff Richards, St. George News)

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CEDAR CITY — Authorities say a man accidentally shot his friend in the back while target shooting at the Iron County Shooting Range at the Three Peaks Recreation Area on Monday. The incident marked the second shooting-related injury at the range in as many days.

Iron County Sheriff's Lt. Del Schlosser said Monday's incident occurred when a man was trying to load bullets into a .22-caliber revolver.

"He pulled the hammer back, which is what needs to be done in order to turn the cylinder so he could load it," Schlosser said. "He went back too far but didn't realize he'd done that. So he let the hammer go forward, which discharged a round, and his friend who was in front of him was struck in the back."

The injured man was subsequently taken to the hospital for treatment. Schlosser said he did not know the extent of the man's injuries but said he is expected to recover. Both men are in their 30s, Schlosser said.

One day earlier at the range, Schlosser said, a woman shot herself in the hand. She had just finished target shooting with a handgun and was getting ready to put the weapon away when the incident happened, Schlosser said.

Read the full article at St. George News.

Jeff Richards


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