10 hurt in accidental shotgun discharge at St. Charles Sportsmen's Club
Ten people were injured Tuesday night by the accidental discharge of a shotgun in the clubhouse of the St. Charles Sportsmen's Club, police said.
Kane County Sheriff's deputies and Elburn police were called at 7:30 p.m. to the club at 44W471 Keslinger Road near Elburn.
A club member, preparing to put his 12-gauge shotgun away, intended to put a snap cap in to the barrel, to protect the firing pin while the gun was stored. But instead, he had put a live shotgun round in. While pointing the gun at the floor, he pulled the trigger; the buckshot ricocheted and hit 10 people, including him, police said.
A 31-year-old man from West Chicago, a 60-year-old man from Somonauk and a 14-year-old boy from Geneva were treated at Delnor Hospital in Geneva for non-life-threatening injuries, according to a prepared statement from Lt. Patrick Gengler, the sheriff's public information officer.
Seven other people were treated at the scene, including the 69-year-old man who fired the gun. He lives in St. Charles.
His name is not being released, because he has not been charged with a crime. Gengler said it does not appear any charges will be filed.
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