Man injured by own gun after accidental discharge in grocery store parking lot in Prince William Co.

A man was injured after a gun he was carrying accidentally discharged and struck him in the lower body in the parking lot of a Giant grocery story in Dale City, Virginia, according to police.

Prince William County police said they received a call from the man around 11:30 a.m. Sunday reporting that he had been shot after his gun accidentally went off. He was taken to an area hospital with injuries that police described as not life-threatening.

The man was in legal possession of the firearm and no charges are being brought forward at this time, according to police.

WTOP’s Nardos Mesmer contributed to this report. 

Zeke Hartner

Zeke Hartner is a digital writer/editor who has been with WTOP since 2017. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Political Science program and an avid news junkie.

Like WTOP on Facebook and follow WTOP on Twitter and Instagram to engage in conversation about this article and others.

Get breaking news and daily headlines delivered to your email inbox by signing up here.

© 2021 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up