Worker at N.M. Gun Shop Accidentally Shoots Customer

In this Oct. 17, 2012, file photo, a box of ammunition is seen on the counter of a gun shop in Tinley Park, Ill.
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SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an employee at a New Mexico gun shop was unloading a handgun when he accidentally shot a customer in the back, wounding him.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/UV5ITJ) the 65-year-old customer was airlifted from Silver City to an El Paso, Texas hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.

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Silver City Police Chief Ed Reynolds says an employee at Copper County Sporting Arms was unloading a .45 caliber handgun Tuesday when the weapon went off, shooting the man in the back.

Emergency responders closed off the street in front of the shop so a medical helicopter could land.

Reynolds says the incident is still under investigation.

A person who answered the phone Tuesday at Copper Country declined to talk to the Sun-News.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com

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