Three People Accidentally Shoot Themselves

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According to local authorities, three people have accidentally shot themselves in the past two weeks.

The latest incident happened Saturday around 5:30 p.m. According to Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner, a 37-year-old Bennett man was cleaning his 40 caliber handgun when it discharged, hitting himself in the left leg. The man is recovering from non life-threatening injuries.

On December 3, a 37-year-old Beatrice man reportedly suffered several injuries after accidentally shooting himself while trying to clean his handgun. Beatrice Police Lt. Mike Oliver says Michael McAtee was trying to clean his 9 mm handgun when it fired. The bullet went through one of McAtee's palms, wrists and thighs before embedding in a bedroom wall. Police say two other people in the house were not injured.

Also on December 3, Sheriff Wagner said a 68-year-old woman accidentally shot herself in the foot. Wagner said the woman always takes a pistol with her for a walk around her property near Northwest 12th Street and West Waverly road. Wagner said when she returned, she sat down and the gun slipped out of her pocket. It hit the ground and went off. She was treated at Bryan Health's west campus for a non-life threatening gun shot wound.