Man wounded in N.E.-area shoot­ing range mishap

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— An Elk­tonarea man suf­fered fa­cial in­juries when the ri­fle he was

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fir­ing at a shoot­ing range near North East ex­ploded over the week­end, ac­cord­ing to Mary­land Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice.

The gun or am­mu­ni­tion mal­func­tion oc­curred about 11:15 a.m. on Sun­day at a firearms shoot­ing range in the 700 block of Ir­ish­town Road, which is part of the Elk Neck State For­est, po­lice said, adding that the ex­act cause of the glitch re- mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors iden­ti­fied the wounded man as 50-year-old David Dale Zug, who was trans­ported by am­bu­lance to Chris­tiana Hospi­tal in Delaware, po- lice re­ported. As of early Sun­day night, in­for­ma­tion on Zug’s med­i­cal con­di­tion was un­avail­able.

“He was us­ing a Rus­sian­made ri­fle and the gun ex­ploded when he fired it. Shrap­nel re­scinded into his face. He suf­fered wounds to his face and pos­si­bly to his eyes,” said Candy Thom­son, a NRP spokes­woman.

Thom­son re­ported that Zug is in the prac­tice of reload­ing his am­mu­ni­tion, which means he takes his empty cas­ings and re­fills them.

Af­ter the ac­ci­dent, a safety of­fi­cer at the shoot­ing range called for help, she said. Three NRP of­fi­cers re­sponded to the scene, as did paramedics and other emer­gency work­ers, she added.

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