Accidental gunshot victim recovering at hospital

Tuesday, April 19, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:52 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

A Columbia man who was accidentally shot in the leg over the weekend is expected to be released in a few days. Police learned of the shooting when University Hospital alerted them that Brandon Robbins, 19, was being admitted for gunshot wounds.

Robbins told police that he was visiting an apartment in the 1400 block of Greensboro Drive and was examining a firearm owned by one of the apartment residents. He was shot in the right leg as he handed the gun back to the resident, police said in a news release.

A nurse at University Hospital said Robbins is doing fine and will not need surgery. Robbins’ leg was not broken, and he is being treated for pain.

Officer Jessie Haden with the Columbia Police Department Crimes Prevention Unit said there are three steps to gun safety. “Treat every gun like it’s loaded,” she said. “Don’t point a gun at anything you don’t want to shoot. And keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot.”

Haden also cautioned gun owners to fully unload and disassemble guns before cleaning them.

“Accidental shootings are caused by human error,” Haden said.

Gun safety classes are offered for residents with gun permits and hunters. Free gun locks are also available at the Columbia Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

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