Man wounded after shooting himself at Charlotte gun show
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CHARLOTTE--A vendor at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in north Charlotte went to the hospital Sunday morning, after police said he shot himself in the hand.
According to the event's website, the Dixie Gun and Knife Show is touted as the largest of its kind in the state to buy sell and trade weapons, accessories and equipment.
Police said the man was holding the gun in his left hand when it went off, striking him in the web of his right hand.
The show's organizers were tight lipped on what happened, and had no comment, but said the case was under review.
Medics said the man is in his late 30s or early 40s, and was clearing a .40-caliber weapon when it went off, striking his hand.
The accident happened just before 10:00 a.m. Sunday, minutes before the gun and knife show was set to open to the public.
People who were heading to the show and knew some of the rules said the incident is rare for a show of its size.
"Have to have it unloaded. Have it holstered. I don't believe you can have it concealed. It's very surprising. A lot of professional people out here who take a lot of caution with their weapons," said Randy Stein.
CMPD said the department's assault with a deadly weapon unit is investigating, which is standard procedure.
Police don't expect the man involved will face any charges.