An 18-year-old in Michigan accidentally shot himself in the abdomen while building a gun

Posted at 1:48 PM, Jan 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-08 13:48:27-05

EVERGREEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Police say a man from Evergreen Township, Michigan, was building a gun when he accidentally shot himself in the abdomen Monday.

The incident occurred around 2 p.m. on January 7.

According to Sgt. Shelly Park of the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office, the 18-year-old was building a .22 caliber gun when he accidentally made the makeshift firearm go off, striking himself in the abdomen. There were two other people near the man when the incident happened, and they contacted 911.

Deputies say the 18-year-old stated that he had forgotten there was a bullet in the gun when he started working on it. The man was treated on the scene and transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The incident has been determined to be an accident. The name of the 18-year-old is being held pending further investigation.