Man Accidentally Shoots Himself

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Man shoots himself, friend while cleaning gun

Witnesses say robbers have the same basic description.

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) -- Two men were injured in Hernando County
after one of them accidentally fired his gun while cleaning it.

The sheriff's office reports that 20-year-old Thomas Maffatone
his Springfield semiautomatic handgun Monday evening when it
discharged. A bullet went through Maffatone's left hand and hit his
friend, 20-year-old Michael King, in the right foot. Another friend
drove both men to a Spring Hill hospital.

All three men told deputies the shooting was accidental.

No charges were reported.


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  • by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2010 at 05:31 AM
    There is no such thing as an accident with a firearm. This was pure owner negligence! Don't use the word 'accident' as it was not!
  • by Cray Location: Tallahassee on May 27, 2010 at 07:44 PM
    Dumb and Dumber
  • by me Location: ga on May 27, 2010 at 10:51 AM
    I am thankful the incident was not fatal.
  • by Triangle Shooting on May 27, 2010 at 10:48 AM
    Something is fishy in the air of Spring Hill. That sounds like a cover story to me. And the plot thickens.
  • by Hello Kettle my name is Pot on May 27, 2010 at 10:34 AM
    To Anonymous on May 27, 2010 at 09:29 AM How can you call anyone "real nimble brains"? You can't even read the article read "his Springfield semiautomatic handgun". The gun was a Springfield not the town. The town was "Spring Hill".
  • by ER nurse Location: Tally on May 27, 2010 at 10:30 AM
    Stupid equals job security for us. Wonder if the taxpayers are paying for his stupidity, which is usually the case.
  • by Anonymous on May 27, 2010 at 06:29 AM
    This is soooo "Springfield" - there are some real nimble brains there.
  • by LA Location: Crawfordville on May 27, 2010 at 06:01 AM
    shaner, I too was in that area recently, I agree there is stupid in the water, trouble is they are moving this way
  • by dogtired Location: in Georgia on May 27, 2010 at 05:56 AM
    A 20-year old guy cleaning HIS pistol??? I've always wondered about the loophole in the law which permits an 18-year old to OWN a handgun but can't BUY it themseves until they're 21... can't even legally buy ammo for it until age 21. I agree with CCW... this dumb@$$ needs to take some professional instruction in firearms safety before he "accidentally" kills someone.
  • by A Location: GA on May 27, 2010 at 05:53 AM
    Why is it so hard for people to understand that you need to unload the gun first. Stupid stuff like this can be avoided if people would use common sense.
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