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Port Chester Man Shoots Himself in the Leg in Rye

Port Chester man says he accidentally shot himself in the leg while working on a project at a Rye residence.

A Port Chester man is recovering from an accidental shooting at a worksite in Rye, according to Rye police. 

On Thursday, Aug. 23, a Port Chester man checked himself into White Plains Medical Center after sustaining a gunshot wound to the leg. The man said he was working on a deck at a Forest Avenue residence in Rye when a Kahar P-40 pistol he wore holstered in his waistband accidentally fired.

Police said the worker has a permit for the weapon.

However, Instead of calling the police or emergency medical services, the man told police he thought it would be faster to have his co-worker drive him directly to this hospital without alertering authorities. Medical staff at the hospital informed police that they were treating a gunshot wound victim.

According to Rye police, the man and his co-worker initially denied remembering the house number where they working, but their employers - a Port Chester construction company - provided the house number to police. When detectives interviewed the homeowners they discovered that both husband and wife were at home when the shooting occurred.

Police said the homeowners "heard an 'explosion' but didn't know what happened." One of the homeowners said the two workers told him they were leaving to pick up additional items, but did not reveal there had been a shooting.

Eventuallly, the shooting victim's mother arrived at the hospital after receiving a voicemail from her son. She provided detectives with a copy of a permit for the pistol from her son's wallet. Police said the permit is valid and current.

The man was released from the hospital following medical treatment.

AA11 August 27, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Which type of pistol permit did he have? Full concealed carry? Hunting-Target? Business Carry? Why was he carrying it as he was working on a deck? It would be nice to mention the business/person involved in the story so people are aware he is carrying a gun to customers homes.
JJ August 28, 2012 at 08:51 AM
Wearing a weapon while working on a deck in Rye, NY? Amazing.....................definitely a Darwin Award Nominee.
Lisa Horch August 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM
"medical ervices" "altering authorities" It's hard to consider "The Patch" a legitimate news source if articles aren't proofread prior to posting. I enjoy the content, but I am distracted by the typographical errors.
Port Chester resident August 29, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Why do you guys have a problem that he followed the law when it came to his lethal firearm? He has a permit it was valid he didn't get arrested if the police concluded he did something wrong he would be criminally charged. I don't know about you Guys but id rather be around that guy just in case another empire building shooter comes my way or perhaps a James Holmes. keep in mind theirs victims didn't know they were going to get gunned down that day . May they rest in peace
Craig Noor August 29, 2012 at 11:47 PM
The NYPD, highly trained, has a 34 percent accuracy in firing their weapons. So some dude who can't keep his hands off his gun long enough to work a full day probably has a worse chance of saving you ... Personally I would rather NOT be around this guy if someone started shooting.

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