|Person shot at Cheshire shooting range? The Reality.|
Few details are available right now, but police call it an isolated incident. Cheshire police said the injured person was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital.
Last Edited: Sunday, 28 Dec 2008, 3:51 PM EST
It happened Saturday afternoon at the New Departure Fish and Game Club on Cook Hill Road. Police say a 55-year old man accidentally shot himself in the hand while firing a rifle at the club.
Cheshire police said the man was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital and has serious injuries to his hand.
No one else was injured.
The Reality: The "accidental shooting" was in fact a catastrophic failure of the firearm. The injured shooter was shooting offhand the first round of the day from a friend's Marlin 1895 .450 cal scoped rifle with reload rounds. The friend was an experienced reloader having done work for others and PDs. Upon firing, the gun literally exploded. The forearm disintegrated, butt separated from the receiver, barrel separated from the receiver, the feed tube was found several feet in front of the firing position, and the barrel exploded banana peeling in three segments. The shooter experienced severe damage to his left (forearm) hand severing an artery with pieces of the forearm inbedded. There was no loss of fingers. Investigation was made by Cheshire police and the firearm sent to the State Police for investigation. No determination has been made as to the reason for the firearm failure. While this may be called an " isolated incident" any occurrence of this type is extraordinarily rare.