Bend man shoots self loading new gun

Goes back into store for medical help

BEND, Ore. - A Bend man who bought a handgun at Fred Meyer Tuesday morning went back inside just minutes later -- not to return it or ask a question, but to seek medical help, having shot himself in the hand while loading it, police said.

Officers say the man, in his late 20s, went back into the store just before noon and told employees he'd just shot himself.

They said he had just bought the .22 Magnum Derringer and was in his pickup, loading it when it went off. The round went through his left hand and into the truck's door, officers said.

Police said no one was around the truck when it happened, and it's unlikely any charges will be filed. He was taken to the hospital to be checked out, but officers said the injury did not appear to be serious.

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