Joseph Gunderson accidentally shoots himself, friend while showing off new gun

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Accidental shootings with new weapons weapons are more commonplace than anyone would like, and sometimes the consequences are fatal. Back in May, for instance, Anastasia Adair fatally shot herself with an assault rifle she was bringing downstairs to show friends.

Fortunately, there were no deaths in the latest incident of this type -- but there were multiple victims. Joseph Gunderson not only shot himself with a handgun, but he also hit his roommate. Details below.

At 6:24 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department, officers were dispatched to 3710 Rebecca Lane, location of the Newport Square apartment complex.

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One of the apartment buildings at 3710 Rebecca Lane.
There, they found two adult males, both suffering gunshot wounds.

What happened? The cops say Gunderson, 24, was handling a newly purchased, and loaded, 9mm handgun when he mistakenly discharged it into his own left palm.

His flesh offered little resistance to the bullet, particularly so close up. The projectile went through his hand and struck his unidentified roommate, who'd been standing nearby, in the right arm and left side.

As we learned yesterday with the report of a homicide investigation in which a man who'd been shot in the arm died, such wounds can be more dangerous than popular culture leads us to believe. Fortunately, though, the CSPD describes the injuries to Gunderson and his friend as not life threatening.

Nonetheless, Gunderson has been charged with prohibited use of weapons. That new gun proved mighty expensive.

More from our News archive circa May: "Anastasia Adair accidentally kills herself with new assault rifle."

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Duhhh
Duhhh

The only thing I dislike more then guns is the idiots holding the guns. I know a couple of people who are just like this guy, likes guns and have to show them to everyone all the time. "Hey look at my new awesome gun, cool right?".  No, it`s not cool and get that ****** thing away from me right now. My favourite was the one who was bragging about his new shotgun, I told him to stop playing with it, he laughed, called me an idiot, said I knew nothing about guns and that it was perfectly safe. Then he was going to put it in a corner in the room, he puts the gun down on the floor and KA-BOOOM blows a hole in the roof, it went maybe 6 inches from his head. And I`m the idiot.  :) 

Betel Eli Guese
Betel Eli Guese

I saw 3 car ACCIDENTS in one day. I heard about 1 Gun ACCIDENT today. We need more driving laws...........wait we have a shit load. you know what. take away the cars

Nick Najdowski
Nick Najdowski

Most gun-nuts are cowardly hicks that equate background-checks and clip-limitations to castration. Tea-party butt-buddies that think Larry the Cable Guy is funny.

Joe Ponce de Carrano
Joe Ponce de Carrano

Since Barry Obomba wants to give weapons to religious extremists I want my assault rifle. He bombs kids and he wants' our guns? And Westword begins with their petty issues and misses the big picture.

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

'OVER-Generalization' to SKEW 'REALITY' by Commies @ Denver Westword as if ALL Gun-Owners WILL DO THIS - NOT !!!

Isoceles Woodsfish
Isoceles Woodsfish

The preamble of this article shows me you should need a license to write for Westword.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident

"The projectile went through his hand and struck his unidentified roommate, who'd been standing nearby, in the right arm and left side."

Unidentified? Let's call him Gumby. Right arm AND left side?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident

"Fortunately, there were no deaths in the latest incident of this type -- but there were multiple victims."

I count one idiot and one victim.

Ian StClair
Ian StClair

Guns or otherwise... Stupid hurts. Gun control? We need stupid control. Removing all warning labels may be a good start.

Ray Koren
Ray Koren

How many car accidents were there yesterday?

Heather Doozer
Heather Doozer

why is the question too many guns AND too little training. It should be an OR there. I'm not super into guns or anything (don't own one myself), but guns don't go off on their own or point themselves. EVERYONE that uses or owns a gun should have thorough proper training. Including the POLICE who also have way too many accidents or trigger happy fingers (with humans and dogs alike)

Matt Kaufman
Matt Kaufman

I just have to say that it takes talent to shoot yourself accidentally with an assault rifle.

Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

This guy failed the very basic firearm safety rules. Handle it like it's loaded. Keep it pointed in a safe direction. If these were translated to car safey they would be as simple as "make sure it's in park before getting out."

Jordan Snyder
Jordan Snyder

No, this stuff happens because people are afraid of guns and aren't properly educated. I was taught at a very young age that guns could kill and that it was my responsibility to handle them correctly, if I was ever around them. I had a healthy respect for their power. My family protected their lives and their livestock with guns, so to say that they shouldn't be made is just really ignorant. This situation is similar to ignorant people teaching sexual abstinence and fear of sex vs. education and handing out confirms...which one results in more accidents? Right, the fear-based approach with poor education.

David Adkins
David Adkins

anything that is made for its sole purpose is to kill or hurt should not be allowed to be made. If u make a bullet-that bullet is only intended to kill or hurt something. Not ok. You can kill or hurt someone with a shovel-but that was made to dig a hole as its sole purpose. Thats ok, knowing u shouldnt be killing and hurting of course. Thats jus str8 real. A bomb? No good. An airplane(9/11) could still kill people, but thats when crazy happens. Plane is ok. Think about it.

Adam Aedro Drotar
Adam Aedro Drotar

if you accidentally shoot yourself you should be automatically euthanized at the hospital.

Russ Hollar
Russ Hollar

The guns aren't going away without revolution. They need to take the other approach like schools of the 40s and 50s. Train children not to be afraid and how to properly handle them. If they treat them as tools not toys it would be beneficial. Hollywood has children desensitized to gun violence. Video games make it fun. Society has created these issues not guns.

Gerald V Kahre
Gerald V Kahre

I find it funny that his name is Gunderson. I always take out the clip and make sure the chamber is clear before handling.

LindaLee Law
LindaLee Law

I guess now we need yet another law that says if these yahoo dumbasses do this they get their permit revoked for 30 days and they have to take classes . This cannot continue.

Ken Wilcox Kon-flikt
Ken Wilcox Kon-flikt

No it's evidence of an idiot who shouldn't handle a gun in the first place...

Rob Bot
Rob Bot

Nigga needs trigger discipline.

terrogin
terrogin

@Nick Najdowski I don't like gun "nuts" either. I prefer responsible gun owners. The primary issue I have with magazine limitations is their lack of effectiveness. Why limit the capacity. It would have done nothing at Virgina Tech. Even if some law like that passes, you'll still see just as many shootings with equally devastating effect. My issue with some of these proposed regulations is that they are proposed without foresight or appropriate forethought.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Ian StClair Quite the post, Ian. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

terrogin
terrogin

@Eric Smiles You mean "irresponsible"

terrogin
terrogin

@Matt Kaufman I wondered that too. Carrying it vertical with the barrel against the chest or chin? Seem awkward.

terrogin
terrogin

@Jordan Snyder Well said

terrogin
terrogin

@David Adkins By your argument, our ancestors should not have invented tools to aid in hunting. You are silly.

Monkey
Monkey

@David Adkins Shooting bullets from a gun is an olympic sport, moron. Think about it.

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