Camas man accidentally shoots his own hand

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Updated: September 3, 2013, 9:55 PM

 

A new gun owner accidentally shot himself in the hand Monday evening in Camas.

Mackenzie Eaton, 22, was doing some practice drills with a 9mm Glock handgun when it went off and a bullet went through his left palm, said Sgt. Scot Boyles, spokesman for the Camas Police Department. The incident was reported at 6:21 p.m. Monday in the 700 block of Northwest Seventh Avenue. Eaton was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated for his hand injuries.

The accidental shooting follows one that occurred in Camas eight days prior on Sunday, Aug. 25. A man was using the flashlight mounted on his .40 caliber handgun to unlock a padlock in a dark room when the gun slipped and accidentally fired. The bullet went through his finger and lodged in his thigh, said Camas Police Sgt. David Chaney.

“We’re just wanting people to know how to safely operate a gun,” Boyles said, adding that he’s glad no one was seriously hurt or killed in either incident.