101 Things the Fire Department wishes you knew



Thursday, May 14

...for the shooting, again...

By all means, call 911 if you have been shot, or if you believe you have been shot.

Disclaimer aside, I think I had been watching too many movies over the last few years and reading into things.

A couple years ago I responded to a unique shooting. A man states there was a knock at the door, he opened it and a man he had never seen before shot him in the genitals.

I didn't buy the "I don't know who it was" excuse, but he had indeed been shot in the genitals. Treatment went smoothly and after transferring him to the ER staff, I started to wonder why someone would shoot someone else in the genitals.
"A message" was the decision I came to. Maybe too many mob movies or shows about the "Honor among thieves."
Perhaps there had been an affair and the shooting party wanted to send the message that the affair was over. It made perfect sense at the time and we moved on.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I encountered the same kind of call. Different fellow this time, but the story was the same. Knock at the door, open, bang, ouch in the sensitive place.

I commented to one of the officers at the scene that I had seen this before and he laughed. He explained to me that the injury is likely self inflicted. It seems folks who shove guns into their waste bands rarely understand basic safety measures to take with a firearm. Then the friend who was nearby takes the likely illegal weapon away before we arrive. (Rarely do folks who have legal weapons remove them before police arrive.)

It seems folks are shooting themselves in the personal place while trying to carry a gun without a holster.

Go figure.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

(Disclaimer) I work in the 'hood !

You'd be amazed at the number of people who are "walking down the street, minding my own business when this dude (who I've never seen before) runs up and shoots me !
Now ain't that a motherf@#ker !

Shasta said...

That is the best story I have ever heard! Well, ok, maybe not, but you gotta give the "victims" points for creativity, even if they are swimming in the shallow end of the gene pool.

Little Girl said...

OMG!

Points for creativity!

I would have never thought that would happen.

Interesting, you learn something new every day.

MotorCop said...

Job. Security.

The Bus Driver said...

hahahaha i agree with MC!!!! LOL

mrs. fuzz said...

This made me laugh out loud. I guess trying to look like a tough guy by sticking a gun in your pants makes them wind up not so tough after all. . . fantora

Gasda said...

Found it, you must work in Germany ;-)

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_3331974.htmlA would-be gangster shot himself in the crutch when his gun went off half cocked in his pocket....... He told paramedics that a masked mugger had blasted him in the crutch in a bungled robbery.

sideshowjim said...

Darwin in action!