Woman injured in accidental shooting was moving a gun out of grandkids’ reach

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SPANISH FORK – A 50-year-old woman was injured after she accidentally shot herself in the stomach while moving a gun to a shelf out of reach of her grandchildren.

An official with the Spanish Fork Police Department told FOX 13 News the incident occurred in the area of 200 South and Villa Circle in Spanish Fork.

The woman was moving a gun to a high shelf where it would be out of reach for her grandkids. The gun discharged as she was doing so, and a bullet entered her stomach.

“It was her weapon,” said Sgt. Phil Nelsen of Spanish Fork PD. “She had it in her bedroom, was moving it into a closet area, and during that transportation she was checking the cylinder to see if there was a round in the chamber. And sometime during either removing or putting that firearm back into a [holster] it went off.”

Police said there did not appear to be an exit wound, and the woman was conscious, breathing and alert when she was taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

Specific details regarding the woman’s condition and the type of gun that discharged were not immediately available.


  • Jason

    Whenever accidents occur we need to remind people that firearms ownership causes us to have a higher level of responsibility as it pertains to safety. Thus whenever we handle firearms we must be very safety conscious and always follow the basic rules of Firearms Safety.

    A. Always keep your muzzle pointed in a safe direction (don’t point the weapon at anything you are not willing to destroy)
    B. Keep your trigger finger in a designated location outside of the trigger guard (ie. against the slide, near the ejection port) until your sights are on target & you are ready to fire the weapon.
    C. Be sure of your target & what’s beyond it
    D. Limit access to your firearms to prevent unintended access (ie. children, thieves, & unsafe\untrained people)

  • bob

    The “something” is she PULLED THE TRIGGER.

    Modern firearms are among the most reliable mechanical devices ever made by humans. They don’t just “go off.” They do exactly as they’re told, and ONLY as they’re told.

    She violated multiple rules of basic firearms safety.

    I’ll bet money it was a striker-fired pistol. A Glock or a similar design. Folks, just because everyone else has one doesn’t mean you have to. Cops shoot themselves in the foot all the time with those things. They are NOT for untrained, or poorly trained, people.

    But even a Glock only does what it’s told. It’s just that it’s a lot easier to “tell” a Glock. They don’t ask, “Are you sure?”

    • Timothy Herman

      Thank you Bob. Can you please educate people about safe handling of firearms? Safe firearm handling seems to be so deeply needed. It would have helped. This is about education and training, not gun control.

      • bob

        1. All guns are loaded.
        2. All guns will fire if the trigger is touched.
        3. All guns will fire if the muzzle points toward a human being.

        Assume the truth of those 3 rules and you’ll never have a problem. All other rules derive from these three.

      • bob

        One important factor is to realize that reading a list of rules doesn’t do the job. Training and practice are important, as with anything else. Owning a gun doesn’t make you a gunfighter any more than owning a violin makes you a musician.

        Once you have the knowledge, training, practice and proficiency then you have to fight complacency. The woman whose toddler “accidentally” shot her in Idaho last week is a perfect example. She was highly educated (a chemical engineer), trained in the use of firearms, practiced regularly, and did almost everything perfectly correctly. ALMOST. She had her gun in a dedicated concealed-carry purse, in its proper pouch, zipped up…..but she did not have the purse under her direct control. It was sitting there in a shopping cart with a toddler. Little kids CAN operate zippers.

        I find that I have to remind myself of what I’m doing. I carry a gun as routinely as I carry car keys, and that can be a danger in and of itself. Having done some flying I find the concept of “checklists” to be helpful. I keep one in my mind, and go through it every day when I arm myself and when I put the gun away at night. Another checklist for cleaning or maintaining the weapon. Etc.

        We have a lot of rights. But once you choose to exercise a right the burden is on you to know what you’re doing.

  • nadinesh

    “Higher shelf” doesn’t cut it. Kids get firearms off higher shelves every day of the week and shoot each or themselves. If this unfortunate woman was foolish enough to own a gun with kids in her house, she should have a locked box to put it in and store it there, UNLOADED, with ammunition in s separate location. A foolish, tragic, typically American, 100% preventable incident. Wholly unnecessary.

    • Doug

      Your comment, Nadinesh, is that of a completely misinformed hoplophobe.
      It is a preventable tragedy, but having a loaded firearm for self defense is a human right as well as a responsibility. There are many safes on the market for doing so safely. This unfortunate woman did not avail herself of them.

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