A man was hospitalized Sunday night after he shot himself while cleaning his gun after drinking alcohol and doing drugs, police said.
The 29-year-old man called 911 at about 9 p.m. from his house in the 1600 block of South Edgemoor, Lt. James Espinoza said. The bullet struck the man’s left leg just above his knee and broke his femur.
The victim admitted to police he had been drinking and smoking marijuana before he decided to clean his gun, Espinoza said. Officers found a marijuana pipe at the man’s house, supporting his account of events.
A police document indicated the man shot himself with a 10mm Smith & Wesson. He was taken to Wesley Medical Center for treatment.
“I want to emphasize the dangers of firearms, even when cleaning them,” Espinoza said.
Owners should make sure the weapons are unloaded before cleaning them, he said.