Man accidentally shoots himself in Charleroi
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-684-2635.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.