Thursday, February 02, 2006

Caution: Toilets are very dangerous

From the LaCross Tribune:

TOILETWoman hurt after dropped gun shoots and shatters toilet

A La Crosse woman who dropped a loaded handgun in her bathroom ended up in a hospital emergency room Tuesday after pieces of a shattered toilet riddled her legs, according to police.

The 31-year-old woman walked into the Franciscan Skemp Medical Center emergency room just before 3 p.m. with wounds to both calves.

The woman, who lives in an apartment in the 500 block of Division Street, first told hospital workers she was injured when the gun accidentally discharged while she was removing bullets from the gun.

But police were later told by a friend who drove the woman to the hospital

that the gun discharged when the woman dropped it in her bathroom while retrieving a towel.

The friend said the woman told her she was packing to move to New York and took the loaded .357-caliber handgun from under her bed and went into the bathroom to grab a towel.

As she reached up for the towel, the gun slipped out from under the woman’s other arm, fell to the floor and discharged, shattering the toilet and sending small pieces of porcelain into the woman’s legs, the friend told police.

When police inspected the gun, they found five live rounds and one spent casing in the gun.


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