Man accidentally shoots himself in the hand outside Indy 1500 Gun and Knife at the state fairgrounds

Man OK; No one else injured

INDIANAPOLIS - A man shot himself after leaving the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, one of three shootings at events across the country Saturday, police said.

While no loaded guns are allowed inside the show itself, Emory L. Cozee, 54, of Indianapolis, who had left the South Pavilion just after 4 p.m., was reloading his .45-caliber semi-automatic in the parking lot when he accidentally shot himself in the hand, police said.

The man was listed in stable condition at Wishard Memorial Hospital. No one else was injured.

In North Carolina, two people were accidentally shot and wounded at a gun show at the state fairgrounds there.

   It happened Saturday at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show, a quarterly event that usually draws thousands of people to the fairgrounds in Raleigh.

   The fairground is operated by the state agriculture department. Agency spokesman Brian Long says a 12-gauge shotgun discharged while its owner unzipped its case for a law enforcement officer to check it at a security entrance.

   Emergency crews responded to the scene, and two people were loaded into ambulances.

   Long says the shotgun's owner brought the weapon to the show to find a private buyer. The show shut down early Saturday.

In Medina, Ohio, a gun dealer at a show there was checking out a semi-automatic handgun he'd bought when he accidentally pulled the trigger, police said.

   Police Chief Pat Berarducci said it appears the bullet struck the floor, then a longtime friend of the gun dealer. The man was wounded in the arm and leg.

   Berarducci says the man was taken by helicopter to a Cleveland hospital. His condition isn't known.

   Police say the gun's magazine had been removed from the firearm but one round remained in the chamber.
 

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