An unidentified security guard working at Ross Park Mall in suburban Pittsburgh [above] simultaneously violated all four gun safety rules while loading his firearm at the end of his shift. The guard discharged a round which struck one of his colleagues in the buttocks. KDKA News has the story:
The guard was getting ready to go home for the evening. While loading his personal firearm, he accidentally fired it. The resulting shot went through a wooden stand and struck his friend in the buttocks.
The guard’s name has not been released. He was employed by Universal Protection Services, not the Ross Park Mall. He has since been relieved of his duties.
Police are investigating, but do not expect to file charges at this time. The injured party – also unidentified – was apparently treated and released from a local hospital.
Simon Property Group owns the Ross Park Mall. Simple Simon bars “guests” from bringing “weapons” into their shopping venues — just in case a legal gun owner does something irresponsible with their firearm.
In today’s world of people multitasking on their smart watches while listening to Spotify and keeping an eye on Pokémon GO, it’s easy to lose sight of the task at hand. Still, that’s no excuse. A negligent discharge at the wrong moment can leave you unemployed, bankrupt, imprisoned, injured, killed, or, in the worst case, wishing you were dead.
With that in mind, it sounds as though all parties concerned got off lucky. I wonder how lucky Simon Property Group’s patrons would/will feel should.when terrorists decide to recreate the Westgate Mall attack.