Police: Man Accidentally Shot Himself on Route 29

The Exton man, in his car at the time, drove himself to Phoenixville Hospital.

An Exton man went to Phoenixville Hospital last weekend after he apparently shot himself while driving, Upper Providence Police are reporting.

According to the department, the 33-year-old, whose name is being withheld, was driving in the southbound lane of route 29 in Mont Clare on Sunday at approximately 3 a.m. when he attempted to transfer a .38-caliber handgun from his pants to his jacket pocket and accidentally discharged the weapon, shooting himself in the left lower leg.

The man was able to drive himself to Phoenixville Hospital after giving himself the wound, where Upper Providence Police met him and filled out an incident report.

The man was transferred to Paoli Hospital Trauma Center for surgery.

Police provided no information on the registration status of the gun, though the weapon and the man's vehicle were impounded by police. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

JDBroomall February 05, 2013 at 05:11 AM
Eric: There is no firearm registration in PA. In fact, its illegal for police to keep a registry of firearms. Ya know what would be a great patch story? Finding out how a "registry" is being maintained when by law, all records of sales need to be destroyed within 72 hours by police. To the guy that shot himself, there are no accidental discharges only negligent ones. Get yourself a HOLSTER, and some training. You're making responsible, law abiding gun owners look bad brother.
JDBroomall February 05, 2013 at 05:16 AM
Moe: Slight correction. There are situations where you don't need a license to carry in or out of a vehicle. Also, to carry in a vehicle outside of statute exceptions, one only needs a license/permit from ANY state, doesn't have to have reciprocity
Greg February 05, 2013 at 05:57 PM
.38? Unless you are wearing two holsters, why the heck would you attempt such a manuver while driving. Regardless of whether it's a revolver or semi-auto pistol, you shouldn't be putting a finger (or anything else) near the trigger unless you're preparing to fire. Good handgun technique actually has your finger along the trigger guard (not the trigger itself) to prevent this very act (and also serves to determine if something is within the trigger guard area that might cause an accidental discharge of the weapon). It's scary to see how poorly people treat firearm safety.
Regina DiLabbio Klugh King February 05, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Greg: Two thumbs up for your analysis. And one finger circling the area in the air in proximity of one's temple indicating the mentality of the self-shooter! There's a clock missing its coo-coo somewhere, and perhaps this guy could fill in for a while!


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