Oops! Woman Accidentally Shoots Husband In McDonald’s After Dropping Gun (SPECIAL BONUS VIDEO)

Kim Tobin reporting for KTVZ.com

Kim Tobin reports on the accidental shooting, in front of the Bend, OR McDonald’s, for KTVZ.com

“I was just sitting there, talking to a lady and all of a sudden we hear this huge boom … we just [gasps] … ‘Oh, my God!'” a wide-eyed Christina Burley told KTVZ reporter Kim Tobin, shortly after an accidental shooting at a McDonald’s in Bend, Oregon last Thursday. Richard Lee Cooper and his wife, Barbara Annette Masters, were sitting down to enjoy their lunch of pink slime and animal byproducts at their local McDonald’s, when Masters leaned forward. The 48-year-old woman’s .22-caliber Derringer pistol fell out of her pocket, hit the floor, and accidentally fired. The bullet struck Cooper in the abdomen.

According to witnesses, around 15 terrified customers were there at the time and several had the presence of mind to call 911. The paramedics swiftly arrived to take Cooper to the hospital in an ambulance. Meanwhile, Masters was charged with assault and reckless endangerment. Becky Evans from the Daily Mail also reports that Masters had previously been criticized on online gun forums for not wearing a holster. Oops. Luckily for Cooper, the hospital reported that he had “improved to fair condition” on Friday.

The investigating officer, Lieutenant Chris Carney, pointed out that the incident is a reminder of the importance of gun safety, and that people should always be “always be extra careful” when carrying a weapon. Carney also listed the “four cardinal rules of firearm safety” for KTVZ’s viewers and readers:

  1. Treat all firearms as if they are always loaded.
  2. Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you’re on target and have made the conscious decision to shoot.
  3. Never point a firearm at anything you are not willing to kill or destroy.
  4. Always be aware of your target, the backstop, and what lies beyond.

While we’d love to be a fly on the wall in 47-year-old Cooper’s hospital room so we could hear what his wife has to say to him, we do know three things for sure: (1) This definitely makes the pro-gun, NRA, “responsible” gun owners’ lobby look bad; (2) The ill-fated couple are bound to have an interesting Valentine’s Day; and (3) None of the folks at McDonald’s were saying “I’m likin’ it” that afternoon.

Here’s a gun safety lesson from The Andy Griffith Show’s Barney Fife … and the next time you shoot a hole in the porch, you’ll have to wait in the car:

… And here’s the video from Associated Press (or you can watch Kim Tobin’s original report at KTVZ.com):

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