|Scene of accidental shooting at Albany Walmart|
A man shopping in an Albany, Georgia Walmart with a loaded handgun was asked by another shopper about his gun. He then prepared to hand the gun to the other shopper when he unintentionally fired the weapon. Thankfully no one was injured.
No charges were filed. The shooter got to keep his gun and conceal carry license.
From an article:
"It was a potentially dangerous situation. Fortunately, it turned out not to be," said APD Media Manager Phyllis Banks.
A police report says 37-year-old Chris Garcia was carrying a loaded Springfield Armory XD 9 mm when another customer asked to see the gun.
He pulled it out of his holster in the sporting goods section and when he tried to clear the gun it went off.
"It was considered an accident, but we want to stress if you carry your weapon, that you utilize all safety precautions," said Banks.
Garcia did have a permit to carry a gun. He was issued a citation for discharging a firearm within city limits.
Customers we talked to say they're ok with people being allowed to carry guns, but if you do, be careful with them.
"Sometimes there are kids in Walmart and other people who are afraid of guns. I think he should have been very careful," said Tammy Harris.
Albany Police remind folks of the firearms training class they have available to teach people how to use a firearm properly.
Police made Garcia unload his weapon and was given back his gun.(a related blog posting)
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