Two people suffered accidental gunshot wounds during the past four days in separate incidents in western Glynn County, according to county police reports.
A girl was playing with her father’s handgun Friday afternoon at a home in the 1000 block of Pennick Drive when she accidentally shot another girl in the chin, according to a report. On Sunday night, a handgun that was believed to be unloaded went off inside a home on Vernon Lewis Way at Altamaha Regional Park, striking a man in the lower left leg and right pinky finger, according to a report.
The girl was taken by ambulance to Southeast Georgia Health System and treated for her wound following the 4:05 p.m. shooting Friday. The man in Sunday’s 7:11 p.m. shooting was flown by helicopter to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah.
Three girls were sitting in the living room of a home on Pennick Road in northwestern Glynn County, when one of the girls joked that her father “would shoot some boys if they were to mess with her,” according to a police report. The girl then went to her parents’ bedroom to retrieve the Taurus 9 mm handgun from the bed stand drawer, police said. The girl removed the ammunition magazine, but apparently racked a bullet into the gun’s chamber in the process, the report said.
The girl carried the gun back into the living room. She was holding the gun when it discharged as she turned around in response to her name being called by one of the other girls, who was sitting across the room in a recliner, the report said. The third girl was sitting on a couch and the stray bullet struck her on the chin, police said.
The father later told police his daughter knew where he kept the handgun. He told police he keeps it loaded, but without a bullet in the chamber, the report said. Police confiscated the gun for evidence as the investigation into the accidental shooting is ongoing, according to the report.
On Sunday evening, three men were inside a residence on Vernon Lewis Way, inspecting a Ruger 9 mm handgun. One of the men told police that another man had unloaded the gun prior to the incident. However, a bullet apparently slipped into the chamber when a third man “racked” the gun’s cocking mechanism while looking at it.
Moments later, that man was placing the gun in a personal bag when it discharged, accidentally striking him in the shin and pinky finger.
A neighbor called 911. A county police officer secured the handgun.