An accidental shooting happened at a gun show here in the valley Saturday morning. The shooting left one man injured and many others asking how this could happen.
Officials say the victim was shot once, resulting in a non-life threatening injury, and is expected to be okay. But the big question tonight is how this could happen considering the gun show has strict "no loaded gun rules" on show grounds?
Just after 11:00 am, officers responded to an accidental shooting at the crossroads of the West Gun Show, according to officials with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, after a customer purchased an antique handgun.
That’s when the unexpected happened…
"As he was inspecting it, the gun discharged and struck his friend who was standing next to him, in the upper left torso," said Capt. Damon Cecil with DPS.
The gun show, which has extremely clear rules about no loaded firearms or loaded magazines on the premises, hasn't had a problem like this for the 40 years it's been around, so the question remains…how did this happen?
"We have detectives that are working, discussing what happened with other law enforcement, with the victim, with the subject that was handling the firearm at the time, so once we complete the investigation hopefully we will have that information vetted out," said Cecil.
Even though this was considered an accident, it still gives gun-control-enthusiasts ammo to say, fewer guns, fewer accidents, but officers say if you do exercise your right to bear arms, just make sure you take all precautions.
"Always treat a firearm as if it's loaded, never point it at something that you do not want to kill or destroy, and keep your finger off the trigger," Cecil recommends.
We're told this could have an impact on how this gun show is handled in the future.