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Todd Canady shoots himself in leg while buying milk at Walmart; Four others injured
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Todd Canady of Waco (L) charged with evading arrest.

A licensed concealed handgun owner from Waco, Texas hurt more than his pride on Monday when his weapon accidentally discharged while he was reaching for his wallet at a Dallas Walmart store.

 

Police said that Todd Canady, 23, was in the checkout line when he fired the pistol he was carrying inside his pants.

 

"The bullet struck Canady in the buttock, then ricochet on the floor and broke into pieces," KDFW reported. Two children and a woman were also wounded when they were struck by bullet fragments.

 

Other reports indicated that the bullet grazed Canady's leg when he dropped the Springfield .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol. Shards of concrete from the floor were said to have caused the wounds to the woman and children.

 

Although injured, the suspect allegedly ran from the store when he was confronted by an off-duty officer.

 

After catching up with Canady, officers determined that he had a valid concealed carry permit, but charged with evading arrest. He may also be charged with felony injury to a child.

 

Canady was being held on $1,000 bond. Raw Story

 

FACTS & FIGURES

 

No one knows exactly how many guns are owned by private citizens in this country, but estimates put the number in excess of 200 million. What we do know is that every year thousands of Americans are injured by gunshots. fairlielaw.net

 

There were 52,447 deliberate and 23,237 accidental non-fatal gunshot injuries in the United States during 2000. webappa.cdc.gov

 

As of 2007, 10.2 out of every 100,000 people were killed by firearms across the United States, but that rate varies dramatically from state to state. In Hawaii, at the low end, it was 2.6 per 100,000; in New York and New Jersey it was 5.0 and 5.2 respectively. At the high end, 21.7 out of every 100,000 residents of the District of Columbia were killed by guns, 20.2 in Louisiana, 18.5 in Mississippi, and 17.8 in Alaska. Arizona ranked eighth nationally, with 15.1 deaths per 100,000. thedailybeast.com

 

 

Some common causes of gunshot accidents include:

 

-- Improper handling or storage of the gun

 

-- Failing to use a gun lock or gun safe

 

-- Failing to restrict access to a loaded gun

 

-- Handling a gun under the influence of drugs or alcohol

 

-- Improper training

 

-- Firing a gun while unaware of the surrounding areas

 

-- Improper gun maintenance

 

-- Straw man purchases, where a person legally authorized to buy firearms does so with the intent to distribute them to persons not authorized to carry guns. fairlielaw.net

 

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