Accidental firearm discharge at St. Charles Sportsman’s Club injures 10

By on June 7, 2013

BLACKBERRY TWP.—Kane County Sheriff’s Deputies, as well as Elburn Police, Firefighters and EMS, on Tuesday evening were dispatched to the St. Charles Sportsman’s Club, 44W471 Keslinger Road in unincorporated Blackberry Township, on a report of a gun that had accidentally discharged and injured several people.

An initial investigation indicates that a member of the club was preparing to put his 12-gauge shotgun away and put what he thought was a snap cap into the gun. A snap cap is used to save the firing pin of the gun while it is being stored.

The member pulled the trigger while he had the gun pointed at the floor, causing the shotgun to discharge, as he had put a live shotgun round into the gun instead of the snap cap. The buckshot from the live shotgun round went into the floor and bounced up and out and struck several people who were in the clubhouse.

Three people, including a 31-year-old male from West Chicago, Ill., a 60-year-old male from Somonauk, Ill., and a 14-year-old male from Geneva, were transported to Delnor-Community Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Seven people were treated at the scene and released, including the 69-year-old male from St. Charles who discharged the shotgun.

An initial investigation suggests that the incident was accidental in nature. As a result, it’s unlikely that any charges will be sought in relation to the incident.