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Man at firing range accidentally shoots nearby shopper in Rancho Cucamonga

May 18, 2010 | 10:04 am

A man checking in firearms to use at a store's indoor firing range in Rancho Cucamonga accidentally shot a shopper when one of his weapons discharged, authorities said Tuesday.

The 52-year-old Chino Hills man was placing six guns on the front counter of Bass Pro Shop in the 7700 block of Victoria Gardens Lane at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday when he noticed the hammer on a gun was pulled back, said Jodi Miller, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

He pulled the trigger of the .45 caliber handgun, apparently thinking it was unloaded because the magazine was removed. But the weapon went off from inside a bag, hitting a woman more than 100 feet away, grazing her in the buttocks.

She was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Authorities said the shooting appeared to be accidental and no crime was committed.

"The store has very specific guidelines to ensure safety," Miller said, including locking weapons until the range master unlocks them at the indoor shooting range. "This particular time there was an accidental discharge."

-- Tony Barboza

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