Monday, December 5, 2005

Savannah, Georgia

Multiple lessons here:

From Atlanta’s of December 5, 2005
Nervous Driver Shoots Himself

Lawrence Maner warily loaded his pistol with a bullet and placed it on his lap in case his passenger tried to rob him. Minutes later, police said Maner had accidentally shot himself while the passenger sat stunned.

Maner had left a Christmas party Saturday night when a stranger asked him for a ride. He reluctantly agreed, but told police he felt uncomfortable because he had several hundred dollars in cash on him.

So Maner reached into his glove box, took out a pistol, placed one round in the chamber, activated the safety and then rested it on his lap.

"I don't want to rob you, but I don't know you and I am uncomfortable because you have been drinking," Maner told the man, according to a police report. The stranger, however, still agreed to the ride.

Once driving, someone cut Maner's car off, forcing him to slam on the brakes. The gun fell to the floor, unlocking the safety.

When Maner reached down to the floorboard, he picked up the gun by its trigger, accidentally firing a bullet into his left leg, police said.

Ultimately, Maner had to drive himself to the hospital. The terrified passenger fled the scene by foot after the gun was fired, Maner said.

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