Man accidentally shoots himself outside Westfield Shopping Mall in El Cajon

Police say man thought gun was 'clear'

EL CAJON, Calif. - Police said a man accidentally shot himself overnight in the parking lot of the Westfield Shopping Mall in El Cajon.

The El Cajon Police Department said the shooting occurred around midnight in front of Bob's Big Boy restaurant on the west side of the mall located at 605 Fletcher Parkway.

According to officers, a man in his 20s was sitting with friends in the back of a parked Ford Focus when he decided to play with a loaded gun.

The man told police that he removed the clip of the handgun and thought it was "clear," and then pulled the trigger discharging the weapon.

Officers said the bullet went through his hand and then through his leg. He was rushed to Sharp Memorial Hospital where he is now recovering.

A cameraman at the scene said the man's friends were seen laughing about the incident.

Police said the gun was registered to the man who shot himself, but he did not have a permit to carry the gun in public.

Officers said by carrying the loaded firearm the victim was breaking the law. However, it's unclear if he will face charges. 

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