Two injured in accidental shooting | News
Two people were injured on Sunday after an accidental shooting in Moses Lake. A man was cleaning his 9mm when he pulled the trigger shooting himself and his daughter-in-law. Neither of them have life threatening injuries.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office reports that 69-year-old Terry Cafferty was cleaning several pistols at his dining room table while other family members were sitting nearby. Cafferty was disassembling his compact 9mm, but reportedly forgot to remove the loaded magazine. Without realizing he had chambered a bullet Cafferty pulled the trigger. The bullet struck him in the forearm before it hitting his daughter-in-law, Miriam Cafferty, in the chest while she was sitting in the living room.
“This unfortunate accident is regrettably a sobering reminder of the importance behind proper firearm handling and cleaning in a safe location.” said Sheriff Tom Jones. “We would like to extend our sincerest, warmest wishes to Miriam and Terry for a full recovery.”
Both Terry and Miriam were transported to Samaritan E.R. and Miriam was later transferred to Central Washington Hospital. No charges are anticipated at this time.