Dealership worker accidentally shot by customer

Truck owner was unloading rifle when it discharged
2013-11-22T06:55:00Z 2013-11-23T06:53:05Z Dealership worker accidentally shot by customer Daily Journal Online
November 22, 2013 6:55 am

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.

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(22) Comments

  1. ricochet
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    ricochet - November 28, 2013 8:04 am
    An unloaded gun is called "a club." Just sayin'.
  2. blasterrat1
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    blasterrat1 - November 24, 2013 6:05 pm
    Seriously? Really?
  3. blasterrat1
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    blasterrat1 - November 24, 2013 6:05 pm
    Ktrain: Rule #1 of safety. All accidents are preventable!
  4. blasterrat1
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    blasterrat1 - November 24, 2013 6:04 pm
    Could be me if I were dumb enough to put my loaded weapons in a truck! Thats right Ktrain I have a loaded weapon! Amazing isnt it? Even spent the last few days Deer hunting!
  5. blasterrat1
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    blasterrat1 - November 24, 2013 6:02 pm
    Indeed I did. I was 16 years old with a wore out 44 mag marlin rifle. Turns out I had two other incidents with that gun. Seems the safety with hammer half back was worn out and allowed the gun to fire without even touching the trigger! I also was not in the truck with a loaded weapon. Simply standing outside with the door open,gun pointing towards the ground of a big slab of bedrock. Called a ricochet.
  6. Ranger X caliber
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    Ranger X caliber - November 23, 2013 4:44 pm
    Blasterrat1..If I recall, you shot through the floor boards of a pickup truck with a high powered rifle and almost hit the person standing on the other side of the truck. Now that's a goofuss.
  7. ktrain 50
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    ktrain 50 - November 23, 2013 10:57 am
    Razor - Do a search for DEA Officer shoots himself in the leg teaching a class on gun safety. It will blow your mind, accidents do happen regardless what Blasterrat1 says.
  8. ktrain 50
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    ktrain 50 - November 23, 2013 10:48 am
    Blasterrat1- at least it won't be you. I will say the guy should have had more smarts than bring a loaded weapon into town. For those who don't know there are a lot of people who go deer hunting once a year and never touch a weapon rest of the year, these people have the right to hunt but they are not as familiar with weapons as people who carry every day. I did see a clip on the internet the other day where a Police Officer was teaching gun safety in a school and shot himself in the leg - accidents do happen but a person who is a criminal it is not by accident.
  9. blasterrat1
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    blasterrat1 - November 22, 2013 4:16 pm
    Another person injured by a careless gun owner. What responsible gun owner places a loaded gun inside a vehicle behind its seat? Yep we need more like this goofuss packing heat!
  10. simplegirl
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    simplegirl - November 22, 2013 8:24 am
    the caption below the picture says- An Auffenberg employee was accidentally shot in the leg while preparing to service a customer’s vehicle mid-day Thursday. The owner of the truck was attempting to unload the rifle which had been left behind the seat.
  11. medicineman
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    medicineman - November 22, 2013 8:09 am
    Lewisks if the wound would have been life threatening the paramedics would have gibe to a local hospital to stabilize the patient. But this patient NEEDED to be in St Louis and the helicopters wasn't flying. There is such a thing as the appropriate level of care and that is set by the national standard of Prehospital care. Maybe you should be mire informed about things before
  12. icantbelieveit
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    icantbelieveit - November 22, 2013 8:04 am
    It say's what dealership it was right under the picture! Our hospitals can and do large bone breaks I know my son broke his Humorous a couple years ago and was treated right here in Farmington . We don't have enough population to get specialist in our local medical facilities, and that is a shame.Haveing said that I feel we airlift too many to St. Louis for things that can be treated right here!
  13. mufftuff
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    mufftuff - November 22, 2013 7:45 am
    Lawsuit! As this person who was shot will have issues for life and insurance or man should pay for medical for life. Even though it was an accident he owes this man. Due Process coming. My opinion and comment only.
  14. Missouri_Granny
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    Missouri_Granny - November 22, 2013 7:39 am
    I am surprised someone would take a vehicle to a dealership and leave this rifle in it. Even more surprised it would be pointed at someone while attempting to clear it. Neither is a good choice for an experienced person. One of the updates mentioned it was behind a seat and the seat moved causing it to fire. Which was it? And no, I am not trying to judge this man or say he is guilty. I know guns, and with guns comes responsibility.
  15. randys950
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    randys950 - November 21, 2013 11:37 pm
    no, lewisks, did you ever stop to think that, maybe the paramedics had the bleeding under control? and did you think that maybe a gunshot wound is a serious injury that our local hospitals aren't equipped to handle an injury of this magnitude?
  16. Razor
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    Razor - November 21, 2013 10:15 pm
    Sane, people can be stupid or maybe just dumb. A .308 rifle is not a shotgun. Whole different breed of gun. Whole different type of wound
  17. falldownswinging
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    falldownswinging - November 21, 2013 9:42 pm
    Because in this county.... the accused are automatically guilty in the eyes of the public. There is no ' lets get all the facts before condemning someone' it is simply....if accused you are guilty. Not to mention that alleged criminals have no rights, as opposed to a car dealership which is allowed to remain anonymous. If you have lived here very long you will know that this is how things work here.
  18. WarriorX
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    WarriorX - November 21, 2013 5:01 pm
    We can tell by the picture what dealership this is anyway.
  19. Sane
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    Sane - November 21, 2013 4:53 pm
    @lewisks911 The hospitals we have are inferior. I would say a shot gun to the leg could have resulted in the bone being broke. Neither hospital deals with large bone breaks anymore, not to mention a vascular surgeon. People are not stupid, rather misinformed ... as in your case.
  20. TommyR
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    TommyR - November 21, 2013 3:39 pm
    Didnt think ya would post my comment.
  21. SteveFromTampa
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    SteveFromTampa - November 21, 2013 1:54 pm
    The Daily Journal has no problem publishing the names (and mug shots) of people who have been charged with a crime, yet you don't print the name of the auto dealership???

    This really makes no sense.

    Maybe you can stop publishing names of the accused until there is a formal arraignment...and publish the location of where an accident happened??
  22. lewisks911
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    lewisks911 - November 21, 2013 1:46 pm
    Why did they take him there? We have 2 hospitals in Farmington within a mile from Auffenberg that could help him. I hope he didn't bleed to death going to a hospital 50 miles away. Are people really this stupid?
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