Man saved by citizen after accidental shooting
An Indian Head man, 26, was severely injured on Sunday morning after it appears he accidentally shot himself in his groin area while sitting in a truck in the parking lot of a Dollar General store, police report. Had it not been for the quick action of a shopper, an unknown woman, who ran outside and tied a belt as a tourniquet and continued to render first-aid to the man before EMS personnel arrived, the man may have died, according to witnesses. The man, who has not been identified, is now in stable condition.
On April 3 around 9:18 a.m., officers of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the Dollar General parking lot, located in the 4300 block of Indian Head Highway, according to authorities. Investigation showed that the man remained in the truck while his wife was shopping inside of the store, and when she returned, she discovered him bleeding heavily from an apparent gunshot wound.
“… investigation showed the victim kept a loaded handgun in his car and it appears he was looking at it when he accidentally shot himself,” a sheriff’s office press release states.
“She [the wife] was yelling, ‘call 911,’” said Whitney Washington, a cashier at the Dollar General. “The lady [who applied the tourniquet] started taking him out of the car, rushing, trying to get his pants off, trying to figure out where the wound was.”
“I didn’t even know he was shot, he just looked like he was passed out at first,” Washington continued. “He shot through one of his main arteries in his thigh,” she said, adding that a detective came by Monday morning to inform them of his condition.
“I was like, ‘oh my gosh,’” Washington said of the incident. “It was overwhelming.”
Washington’s co-worker, Lekeivia Swann, wasn’t there when it happened, but she said she also spoke with a detective on Monday.
“What she was saying this morning was … if [the customer] never went out there when she did, then he probably wouldn’t have made it.”
Det. C. Gilroy is continuing the investigation.