Friday, April 26, 2013

Floridian Helps State Retain Unofficial Title of Most Bizarre

April 26, 2013, Gainesville, Fla.

A 31-year-old Gainesville resident, who has been in and out of mug shots for charges ranging from grand theft to drug possession to disorderly conduct, recently had a hankering for some dinner squirrel, so he tried to hunt one down with a BB gun.

To improve his chances of taking the squirrel out cleanly, he decided to tape a bullet to the end of his Pumpmaster 760.  Don't ask why he so decided.

Not surprisingly, his home grown improvisation backfired. Literally:
He fired the BB gun, causing the BB to strike the cartridge's primer. The cartridge discharged and fragmented, striking him in the upper arm and lower leg.
He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
He was subsequently charged with discharging a firearm in public and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

He later told police he found the cartridge while looking for scrap metal to sell.

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