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Weapon accidently fired at gun show in Hastings

During a gun show Saturday afternoon at the National Guard armory in Hastings, a handgun was accidently fired. Nobody was injured.

During the show, a vendor was showing a customer a handgun. The customer asked the vendor how to disassemble or field strip the weapon. The vendor inserted his magazine and ended up accidentally loading a round into the chamber.

When he went to strip down the weapon, he had to pull the trigger. He pointed the gun at the floor, pulled the trigger, and a shot rang out.

An on-duty Hastings police officer had happened to come by the show and immediately took a report.

Nobody has been cited in the incident, but Hastings Chief of Police Paul Schnell said that the matter remains under investigation.

Promoters rented out the space at the armory. The event was not affiliated with the National Guard.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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