I was shocked and saddened to read this report today.
A father accidentally shot and killed himself at the grocery store Sunday evening, according to the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office.
The father, a 45-year-old Spotsylvania man, was in his minivan with his children waiting for his wife to return a DVD to the Redbox outside the Giant Food Store in Harrison Crossing when he was shot, said Captain Elizabeth Scott with the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office.
The wife said she heard a pop and when she ran back to the minivan, her husband told her he thought he'd shot himself, said Capt. Scott.
A family friend says the couple has four children under the age of 12, including an infant.
When a Spotsylania County Sheriff's Deputy arrived on scene minutes after the shooting, the man's wife and others in the Giant parking lot were trying to revive the man.
The deputy reported the man suffered significant blood loss and was already unconscious when he arrived. The man was later pronounced dead at Mary Washington Hospital, said Capt. Scott.
She said the initial investigation indicated when the man tried to unbuckle his seat belt, he hit the trigger of his .40 caliber glock and shot himself in the hip.
It is unclear whether the man carried his gun in a holster or his pocket. The family friend says it likely was loose in his pocket.
There's more at the link.
I've often argued with those who carry firearms in their pockets that it's not a safe practice unless a pocket holster (covering and protecting the trigger) is used. There are too many things in pockets that can interfere with the firearm's trigger, or things outside the pocket that can jab into the gun at just the wrong angle, causing it to fire. In this case, a father died, apparently from just such carelessness, in front of his wife and children, who'll doubtless be traumatized for the rest of their lives with the memory.
Please, friends, if you carry a gun, even in your pocket, use a holster. Pocket holsters are readily available, and they provide a safety margin that would probably have saved this man's life if he'd used one. Don't become yet another grim statistic of carelessness!