Man Accidentally Shoots Himself in Leg While Buying Milk at Lake Highlands Walmart

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Update at 8:42 a.m.:The guy with the gun has been identified as 23-year-old Todd Canady.

Original post: It's Monday night and you're out of milk. Mornings just aren't the same without the chocolate milky dregs of your Cocoa Puffs, so a trip to Walmart is in order. Keys? Check. Wallet? Check. Springfield .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol? Can't go on a quick trip to the store without that.

You get the milk and wait in line to check out. You hand the cashier the milk then fumble in your pocket for your wallet. You realize, as a loud report rattles your eardrums and a stab of pain shoots through your leg that, silly you, you forgot to put the safety on. The 27-year-old woman and young child who are injured by flying debris realize this too, as does everyone who hears the gunshot echo through the store.

It happened last night at the Walmart at 9301 Forest Lane. The shooter, a man who police have not yet identified but say had a concealed handgun permit, was arrested and charged with evading arrest and injury to a child.



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inarchetype
inarchetype

I'm with Rumpunch1.  I'm pretty sure he had his hand on the gun in his pocket. I don't know why the media just keep parroting each other (irresponsibly) about him leaving the safety off- that model of pistol (like glocks) has no safety of that kind.  It has a safety on the back of the "handle" that is depressed when you hold it, and a trigger mechanism that makes it harder to inadvertently pull the trigger (glocks don't even have the grip safety).  If the gun was holstered, either in a pocket holster or a waist holster, it is close to 100% certain he was handling the gun- either absent-mindedly, as a fidget, or with the intent to use it (which seems less likely under the circumstances).  If it was loose in his pocket, especially with keys or something else that could get inside the trigger guard, that was just idiotic and irresponsible.   The fact that he tried to flee the scene is equally moronic.  Under any of the plausible scenarios, the guy negligently endangered himself and others and broke several laws, and should be held fully responsible.  It's not as though the gun was being carried properly and just "went off". 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

These people with their damn stinking guns make me sick.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

More American Gun MADNESS !!

bifftannen
bifftannen

If his leg had gun, this wouldn't have happened.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

I few things don't check out.  I am slightly familar with the Springfield XD.  It doesn't have a traditional safety like most guns (on/off).  Rather it has a trigger safety in which the trigger must be fully engaged and pulled to fire.  In addition, it has a backstrap safety which requires the gun to actually held prior to firing.  Most double action pistols I have used, have quite a long trigger pull to prevent accidential discharge.

 

In addition, the news reports have stated either the gun was in a waist holster and in his pocket.  I carry both ways.  However, when I carry in my pocket I use a pocket holster (to shield the tigger), I don't have anything else in that pocket (I don't want the gun getting in the way of my wallet or vice versa) and I carry a smaller frame pistol such as a Ruger LC9 or Walther PPK.

 

I am reminded of the story of the Detriot cop who shot the girl in the face a few weeks ago.  The story is she grabbed his waist and the gun (which was supposedly pointed down) it her in the chest.  This is also a result of a "accidential discharge" from a double action pistol with an internal safety.  Both stories don't add up.

 

I would speculate at this point that this guy was trying to pull the gun (either to use it or get to his wallet) disabled both the backstrap and trigger safety and pulled the trigger.  I buy the world's dumbest criminal story more than the bumbing the trigger one.  He would be the first criminal to shoot himself while pulling his gun.

   

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

Gosh, if there had just been someone else in line who had a CHL, they could have shot this bastard. If someone  had else in another line also had a CHL, they could have shot the other bastard who shot the first bastard. Where can I get some body armor? 

1morereason2carry
1morereason2carry

" you forgot to put the safety on."

 

Please educate yourself if you are going to continue writing about this subject.

Lee-dallas
Lee-dallas

One of those who could have been relied upon to take out the Batman shooter? I don't think so.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

there is no law against stupidity, however there should be.  Stupidity is discharging your gun in a store, driving while talking/texting/eating/reading.   All things that you should get in trouble for

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

The police said that if he hadn't run, he wouldn't have been arrested.  So, is the injury to a child BS?  Just a trumped up charge?  I'm not defending the guy, but the police are like snakes in the grass.  Why do they get to lie?

jmckee3
jmckee3

Some of you might be inclined to mock this incident and point to it as an example on the need for stricter gun control but keep in mind if there had been a criminal dangerously discharging their gun in that Walmart, especially around children, this man would have been a hero.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

As a person who holds a CHL, I would like to apologize for this idiot to everyone. We are taught in our CHL classes to always carry using a holster. Holsters prevent this kind of negligent discharge (there are no accidents with firearms, only negligent discharges). I hope they take his CHL away from him.

1morereason2carry
1morereason2carry

 @JimSX Could have shot him? Under what justification? You seem as stupid as the guy in the story.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

I think what they meant that he would have been questioned and referred to the DA if it actually appeared to be an accident.  In addition, he would be looking at civil liabilities.  However, I will stick with my earlier theory that he was getting ready to rob them, that's why he ran.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

 @jmckee3 You're trusting a man dumb enough to pocket a gun with the safety off to hit a target in a hostile situation? I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or serious. The dude's a moron.

DowntownResident
DowntownResident

 @jmckee3 Assuming of course he wasn't too stupid to accidentally shoot himself in the process.

 

People need to remember getting a CHL doesn't magically turn the holder into John McClane. "Yippee ki yay, mother fuc... *bam* ... oh shit I just shot myself in the leg".

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

BTW, in that neighborhood, I would always be armed.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

 @1morereason2carry For the same reason this guy shot himself in the ass. Tell me, at CHL school, do they have a lesson called, "Every little chance you get, don't shoot yourself in the ass?" 'Cause I know all you CHL guys are geniuses, so this guy must have missed school that day. Right?

jmckee3
jmckee3

 @Scruffygeist He's the criminal dangerously discharging their gun around children in a Walmart, it's a joke.

justsaying
justsaying

 @horm.phelan But if you have a CHL, does that not mean that  you carry your handgun wherever you go, even in Highland park? Is there a sign in that neighborhood that says ' Entering questionable area, please lock and load'.

1morereason2carry
1morereason2carry

 @JimSX You know you could sign up and take the class so you could have some first hand knowledge rather than just vomiting cliche misinformation. 

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

 @JimSX  @1morereason2carry If you look at what I posted, you would see that they teach you not to do this sort of thing. However, he chose to ignore the rules of safety and shot himself.Every CHL holder I know wants to see his CHL taken away (and it probably will be).

gmit
gmit

 @jmckee3 You dummy children are small and harder to hit

PerryMoore
PerryMoore

Sounds like the East Texas Fair to me. Let's face it--we old white folks are surrounded by scary stuff. Mr. Schutze and I kind of enjoy living like that. That's why he lives in Dallas and I live in the woods. He probably brings his shotgun to East Texas, and I damn sure don't leave my gun on the bike when I visit my friends in the city.

gmit
gmit

 @justsaying Those signs are usually quite evident. Pants on the ground, young men in groups, wearing one oddly placed colorful scarf , strange people walking alone that seem to be lost, people wearing jackets in July in Texas

justsaying
justsaying

 @RicochetRabbit  @horm.phelan 'days like the present' means to me that ppl are MORE prone to violence and it is easy to get the devices to carry out evil intent.  Violent video games,  war being brought to us in an instance, etc... has made ppl more callous about human life.  We have been taught to be quick with the gun and solve all of our problems with violence. Humans are great imitators of what they are bombarded with.  The mind is a fragile frontier and unless there is self-discipline, the 'boy next door' is capable of anything.

justsaying
justsaying

 @horm.phelan You stated THAT neighborhood, but in days like the present, there is no 'that neighborhood'.  IMHO... I think your statement 'I do my best to avoid any place that I THINK I might need it' is better.  IMHO

 

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

 @justsaying Actually, I do carry wherever I go. I also do my best to avoid any place I think I might need it. I view it the same way as I view my fire extinguisher and first aid kit (both carried in my car). I hope to never need to use it. But, it is there just in case I do need it.

I also make sure to refresh my training on how to use all of these items from time to time.

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