Gun Shop Worker Accidentally Shoots Customer

SILVER CITY, N.M. (November 21, 2012)--An employee of a New Mexico gun shop was unloading a handgun when he accidentally shot a customer in the back, wounding him, authorities said.

The 65-year-old customer was airlifted from Silver City to an El Paso hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

Silver City Police Chief Ed Reynolds said an employee of Copper County Sporting Arms was unloading a .45 caliber handgun Tuesday when the weapon went off, shooting the man in the back.

Emergency responders closed off the street in front of the shop so a medical helicopter could land.

Reynolds says the incident is still under investigation.


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