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FL: Hunter shoots himself instead of squirrel

May 9, 2013

From Alibi.com

William Daniel Lloyd of Gainsville decided to bag himself a fine Southern dinner by shooting a squirrel with a BB gun. Unconvinced that his Pumpmaster 760 was enough to kill a squirrel, the 31-year-old hunter extraordinaire opted to tape a .40-caliber shell to the barrel of the rifle.

His reasoning seemed to be that the BB would strike the casing’s primer, igniting the gunpowder and firing the bullet at his intended target. That’s not what happened.

According to The Gainsville Sun, “the cartridge discharged and fragmented, striking Lloyd in the upper arm and lower leg. He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.” Police charged Lloyd with discharging a firearm in public and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. Plus he didn’t get to eat a squirrel.

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