A young man who went varmint hunting Saturday ended up both predator and prey when he shot himself.
Shane Robinson, 23, and a friend drove to Gisela Saturday morning to hunt “varmint,” but ended up in the hospital when Robinson put a bullet through his leg, according to the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.
Robinson, along with his friend Syles Reidhead, had reportedly driven down the road to Gisela a short distance when they stopped, said Lt. Tim Scott with the sheriff’s office.
“Shane exited the vehicle and loaded a round into his pistol,” Scott said. “While he was holding the pistol, he squeezed the trigger and the gun went off, with the bullet striking him in the leg and becoming lodged in his foot.”
Unsure where the nearest hospital was, the men drove to a Valley hospital.
About 8 a.m., local authorities got word from the hospital that there was a gunshot victim in the ER.
Reidhead told officers he saw Robinson get out of the vehicle, heard a gunshot and ran around the truck to find Shane on the ground, Scott said.
The case is currently under investigation with Detective Jaime Garrett assisting GCSO Deputy Don Engler II. No charges have been filed.