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Accidental shooting injures two women

Accidental Shooting

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - An accidental shooting at Dragonman's Shooting Range sent two women to the hospital with minor injuries Saturday.

Both were expected to be okay. And the shooting range was allowed to reopen within a couple hours of the incident.

Lt. Jeff Kramer, spokesman for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, said a 64-year-old woman suffered a gunshot wound to the knee. And her 44-year-old daughter had a hand injury. He said it's unclear who shot. But the shooting range's owner said he has an idea of how things happened.

"One lady just hurt her hand," Mel Bernstein said. "The slide on the semiautomatic gun goes back. She probably had her hand too high. And then the bullet, I heard, ricocheted and skinned another lady's leg."

He said they were lucky the bullet didn't penetrate.

Bernstein also said this is the first time in 32 years that someone is injured because of a gun-related accident at his shooting range. Regular visitors agree, saying it's normally a safe place.

"They're so safe, that they keep a marshal out on the field at all times, and he's barking out safety information the whole time," Kim Moran said. "And if you don't pay attention, they'll be the first ones to come over and let you know what's going on."

Moran said he thinks it's lack of training that causes accidents.

"With everything that's going on, people are in a panic," he said. "They're not getting properly trained, and they're coming out here, and this kind of thing is what's going to happen, no matter how safe you are."

He said gun owners should take training, like a gun safety class.

"If you want to exercise your second amendment rights, do it responsibly," he said.

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