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10 Hurt In Shotgun Accident At Suburban Gun Club

By Samantha Abernethy in News on Jun 5, 2013 10:30PM

Ten people at a gun club in the Chicago suburbs were injured when a man accidentally fired his shotgun in the clubhouse.

Two men and a 14-year-old boy were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Seven others, including the shooter, were injured but declined treatment.

Police say a 69-year-old man had just finished shooting at the St. Charles Sportsman's Club near Elburn, Ill., when he made a mistake while attempting to put away his 12-gauge shotgun.

The Tribune writes:

Thinking he had placed a snap cap - a device that preserves the firing pin during storage - into the gun the man actually loaded a live round, police said.

He then pulled the trigger while the shotgun was aimed at the floor, discharging the gun. The fired ammunition ricocheted up and hit several people in the clubhouse, police said.

The sheriff's office says criminal charges will likely not be filed since it was accidental.