VIDEO: Negligent discharge at Sarasota County-owned gun range wounds 56-year-old man

This negligent discharge occurred on the morning of Jan. 4 at the Knight’s Trail Park gun range in Nokomis, Florida.

Walter Perkowski, 56, was shot by Leslie Koren, 64.

Perkowski’s wound was not life threatening, but he was hospitalized for several days.

According to reports, Koren, whose actions were not caught on camera, racked a round into a handgun with their finger on the trigger, while the weapon was not pointed down range.

It discharged.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office investigated the shooting, but no charges were filed.

I have a couple takeaways from this:

First, ranges with steel partitions between the shooters are far safer and would have prevented this.

Second, even a heavy, aggressive RSO presence won’t always stop a negligent discharge. It only takes a second.

Third, maintain situational awareness constantly. Watch the people shooting next to you. If you don’t like their gun handling — if they appear amateurish — move or go home.

Fourth, don’t wear a red shirt at the range unless you’re an RSO.

Finally, it rekindles my passion for private ranges.

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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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