Man accidentally shoots himself in Charleroi

| Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, 9:56 a.m.

A Smithton man was flown via medical helicopter to Allegheny General Hospital after accidentally shooting himself in the leg Tuesday morning in Charleroi.

William McCormick, 63, of Skyline Drive was exiting his truck along McKean Avenue around 10 a.m. Tuesday when a pistol he was carrying in his back pocket went off and struck him in the back of the leg, according to Charleroi Regional Detective Eric Porter.

McCormick had a concealed weapons permit for the 45-caliber M1911, Porter said, and was going to do some banking.

“He wasn't able to tell us much because he was in a great deal of pain,” Porter said. “Witnesses stated he fell to the ground and was yelling, ‘I shot myself. I shot myself.'”

Police had to shut down the block until it was determined the incident was not a crime scene.

A spokesperson at the hospital would not release McCormick's condition Tuesday afternoon.

Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-684-2635.

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