Man Accidentally Shoots Both Friend, Girlfriend In Leg

Shooting Reported In 2800 Block Of Wardlow Avenue

A registered gun owner accidentally shot his girlfriend and a male acquaintance at a home in Nestor early Wednesday but both victims are expected to survive, police said.

The shooting in the 2800 block of Wardlow Avenue off of International Road in Nestor was reported shortly before 1 a.m., according to San Diego police.

According to police, a 24-year-old man was loading his newly-purchased .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun for the first time. When he put the gun on the coffee table in the living room, it went off.

"As he put the handgun down, apparently he had his finger on the trigger and the gun accidentally discharged going into the lower leg of the female first and then exiting the female's leg and lodging in the thigh of the 19-year-old male," San Diego Police Lt. David Rohowits said.

The gun owner apparently had his finger on the trigger as he went to set the weapon on a table and accidentally fired one shot, Rohowits said.

The 30 year-old-woman and 19-year-old man were taken to the hospital but are expected to recover.

"What we can call this is two people who were seated very close. A .40 caliber is a very high-powered handgun and it does have the ability to go through flesh and go into other unintended objects, in this case, both were unintended. It's just a tragic accident," Rohowits said.

The gun was seized by the police. The gun owner is expected to face a misdemeanor charge of negligent discharge of a firearm.

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