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Bowler Shoots Himself in Leg; Trying for Strike the Hard Way?

Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:21 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A pistol packing bowler stepped up to his lane, readied his ball, and then shot himself in the leg on Tuesday evening in a bowling alley in Jupiter, Fla.

According to witnesses, the man was in the process of bowling when the pocketed handgun accidently discharged.

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"The guy just stepped up to bowl," fellow bowler Jim Miller told local ABC News affiliate WPBF. "I think he hit his leg on his back swing."

"The ball hit him in the leg, which triggered the revolver," added another witness, Mike Martin.

After the shot rang out, which some initially believed was a fire cracker, witnesses say they saw the man limp back to his seat, holding his leg.

The unidentified man's injury was non-life threatening but he was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

"Everybody kind of stopped," witness Debra Dean said. "We were way down on this end. Everybody was looking, and all of a sudden you can tell something wasn't right."

Why someone would be carrying a handgun in his pocket while bowling is unclear, though police say the gun was registered and the man had a carry permit. Charges will likely not be filed in this case add authorities.

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The incident is reminiscent of when Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Plaxico Burress, then playing for the New York Giants, accidentally shot himself in the leg  inside a New York City night club in November of 2008.

Burress, who had an expired concealed carry license from Florida but no New York license, was subsequently indicted by a grand jury on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.

The wide receiver served two years in prison for the offense.

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