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4 accidentally wounded at 2 gun shows

RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 19 (UPI) — Accidental shootings at gun shows in North Carolina and Indiana Saturday left four people wounded, authorities said.

Police said a security guard and two other people were wounded were wounded about 1 p.m. Saturday when a 12-gauge shotgun a man intended to sell at the Dixie Gun & Knife Show in Raleigh, N.C., discharged as it was being checked in, The (Raleigh) News & Observer reported.

The gun show, which attracts thousands of people, was to resume Sunday, but with no private gun sales allowed, police said.

Paul Milligan of Raleigh, who wanted to sell three guns to a dealer, said police were overreacting by banning private sales.

“This is just a mess,” he said. “One guy gives all of us a bad reputation because he can’t follow fifth-grade safety rules.”

‘We see … an accident’

The injured were identified as Janet Hoover, 54, of Benson, Linwood Hester, 50, of Durham, and Jake Alderman, a retired Wake County sheriff’s deputy from Wake Forest. Officials said the injuries did not appear life-threatening, the newspaper said.

Alderman, who was working security at the show, was treated and released at WakeMed North Healthplex.

The shotgun’s owner, Gary Lynn Wilson, 36, of Wilmington, was being questioned by the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.

“Right now, what we see is an accident,” Sheriff Donnie Harrison said. “If there’s something he may be charged with, we’ll find that out.”

In Indianapolis, a person loading a gun outside the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife Show at the State Fairgrounds was accidentally shot when his .45-caliber, semiautomatic discharged about 4:15 p.m. Saturday, WISH-TV, Indianapolis, reported.

Gun show representative Ashley Varner said the man, identified as Emory L. Cozee, 54, had been inside at the gun show before the incident.

Cozee was taken to a hospital for treatment for a wound to his hand and police said no charges would be filed, The Indianapolis Star reported.

The show continues Sunday, with thousands of people expected to attend the weekend event.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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