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Ten injured after accidental shooting at Kane County club

Updated: July 7, 2013 12:46PM

BLACKBERRY TOWNSHIP — Ten people were injured Tuesday evening when a shotgun was accidentally discharged inside the St. Charles Sportsman’s Club, according to the Kane County Sheriff’s Department.

Police responded to the club, 44W471 Keslinger Road in unincorporated Blackberry Township, at 7:30 p.m. after they received calls about a gun that had gone off inside the clubhouse.

Seven people were treated at the scene as a result of the shooting, and three people were transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries, deputies said. Kane County Sheriff’s deputies and Elburn police and fire officials all responded to the incident.

No charges have been filed against the 69-year-old St. Charles resident who was handling the shotgun when it went off, deputies said. He was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The initial investigation revealed that the gun’s owner had completed shooting, and was preparing to put his 12-gauge shotgun away while he was inside the clubhouse. While doing this, the man believed he was putting a “snap cap” into the gun to protect the firing pin while the gun is stored. But he had accidentally placed a live shotgun shell into the gun instead of the snap cap, deputies said.

The man then pointed the gun at the floor and pulled the trigger. Shot from the live round struck the floor, then bounced up and struck several people, according to reports.

The three victims who were transported for injuries were all males, ages 81, 60 and 14. A complete list of all victims was not available.

Deputies said the incident appears to be accidental, and that no charges are expected to be filed.

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