Man exchanging congratulatory fist bump with nephew shoots self

A Missouri man visiting his nephew was struck in the abdomen by a bullet from his own gun Thursday after exchanging a fist bump with his relative while target shooting.

David K. Boyd, 49, was listed in fair condition this morning at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Daniel K. Karnes, 20, of Roseburg told a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy he took his uncle shooting in the Callahans west of Roseburg.

They set up several empty shotgun shells and after Boyd struck a couple, Karnes went to congratulate him by giving him a fist bump, according to a police report.

While exchanging the fist bump, Karnes said he saw the .22-caliber Ruger Mark II semi-automatic gun twirling on his uncle’s finger. The gun went off, striking Boyd in the abdomen. The deputy reported Boyd told him the same story.

Karnes took his uncle to the Roseburg hospital for treatment.

No citations were issued.


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