A Farmington auto dealership employee was accidentally shot in the leg just after noon Thursday.
According to a spokesman of the dealership and police, a customer had pulled his truck into a service bay. A company employee was at the driver's door collecting information off the vehicle. The driver of the truck, knowing he had a loaded rifle inside, went to the passenger side and was going to remove and unload the firearm.
The rifle was accidentally discharged, the bullet traveling through the seat and hitting the worker in the leg.
It was reported that the gun was a .308 caliber rifle.
The 31-year-old victim, of Farmington, was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur. The injury, while serious, did not appear to be life-threatening. An initial attempt was made to transport the man by air ambulance, but neither service with local operations was available for the flight at the time, according to police radio communications.
Farmington Police Chief Rick Baker said the man holding the rifle at the time of the incident volunteered to be checked for any alcohol or chemical impairment, and was questioned at length. The chief said there was no sign of drug or alcohol use, and no indication of any malicious intent ... it appeared to be solely an accidental shooting.
No update on the victim’s condition was available as of press time.