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Man accidentally shoots himself during concealed-carry class in Normal

C.I. Shooting Sports

Normal Police and the Normal Fire Department were called to C.I. Shooting Sports, 700 Wylie Drive, Thursday morning after a man was wounded during a concealed-carry class. Police said the incident appeared to be accidental and his injuries were not considered life-threatening.

NORMAL — A man was injured Thursday morning after he accidentally shot himself while participating in a concealed-carry class at C.I. Shooting Sports in Normal.

“It was an accidental discharge,” said C.I. Shooting Sports owner Stephen Stewart. “He was participating in a conceal-carry course and by state law, you are required to draw the weapon out of a holster. He just got on the range, loaded it and it was an accident.”

The man, who has not been identified, was transported to a local hospital with a non-life-threatening wound to his thigh.

“I am going to go see him,” Stewart said Thursday afternoon. “The wound itself appeared to be not overly serious. It was a small caliber and of course, a larger caliber might have done more damage.”

The man was using a .22 caliber pistol at the range at 700 Wylie Drive in Normal. The business remained open after the incident, reported around 9:30 a.m. Stewart said it was the first time someone had been injured at the business.

“Our staff followed the plan we have in place,” Stewart said. “Within a few seconds, he was receiving medical care and law enforcement and the ambulance arrived very quickly. I am very proud of our staff in the way they handled the situation because everybody did the right thing. But, that is why we have those measures in place and why we work on them.”

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