Man saved by cit­i­zen af­ter ac­ci­den­tal shoot­ing

Maryland Independent - - News - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­ Twit­ter: @An­drew_IndyNews

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.

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