BLACKBERRY TOWNSHIP – Ten people were injured Tuesday after a gun was accidentally discharged at a sportsmen’s club, according to a news release from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the sheriff’s investigation, a 69-year-old member of the club had completed a shooting session and entered the clubhouse about 7:30 p.m., according to the release. Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler said in an email the member involved in the shooting is a range safety officer.
A range safety officer is a certification earned after taking training classes, according to club Treasurer Andrea Ema of Geneva.
“We have people at our club who have that certification,” Ema said.
The man was preparing to put his 12-gauge shotgun away and put a snap cap into the gun. A snap cap is used to save the firing pin of the gun while it is stored, the release stated.
The man reportedly pulled the trigger – causing the shotgun to discharge – while he had the firearm pointed at the floor, according to the release.
A live shotgun round was in the gun instead of the snap cap, according to the release.
The buckshot from the live shotgun round hit the floor and bounced up and out and hit 10 people.
Those taken to Delnor were a 31-year-old man from West Chicago, a 60-year-old man from Somonauk and a 14-year-old boy from Geneva, police said.
Well, this man at least tried to follow some kind of safety protocol. And yet … 10 people ended up going to the hospital. So, what does that tell us about gun safety? That perhaps it doesn’t exist? Or does it?
Bceause this part confused me:
Gengler confirmed in an email late Wednesday that the police investigation is closed without charges because the shooting is considered accidental.
Accidents will happen! Sorry!
So, if a certified range safety officer can accidentally send 10 people to the hospital, then maybe guns aren’t so safe at all. Or if they’re safe and it’s the people causing this injury and death, then shouldn’t some charges be filed?