A woman who was housesitting for her daughter in Oceanside was critically wounded when a tenant upstairs accidentally fired a shot through his floor while cleaning his gun.
The man ran downstairs to aid the woman before police and medics arrived at the scene. Paramedics transported the victim to the hospital, where she was treated for a life-threatening wound. The 63-year-old woman was watching her daughter’s apartment on Bush Street, about a block east of Interstate 5.
The incident occurred shortly before 11 p.m. when the man sat down to clean his 9mm Glock pistol. He told police he did not realize there was a round in the chamber. That round went through the floor and hit the victim who just happened to be sitting directly below. The bullet pierced the woman’s leg while she was sitting on the couch. By the time she was moved to the ambulance, she was unconscious and barely breathing.
The 25-year-old owner of the gun was not arrested, as the shooting appeared to be accidental.
What are gun owners’ responsibilities?
Gun owners are still responsible for accidental shootings from a civil perspective, even if the shooting itself is not considered a crime. They must exercise reasonable care while operating and cleaning firearms. The gun owner should have, for example, checked to see if there was a round in the chamber before cleaning it.
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