Man wounded in N.E.-area shooting range mishap
— An Elktonarea man suffered facial injuries when the rifle he was
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 Shrapnel rescinded into his face.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.