A Florida man had apparently accidentally shot himself, and not even realized until 2 days later.
An incident report was filed with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. It read that 37-year-old Michael Blevins of Deltona, Florida, was reportedly cleaning his revolver in his living room when he loaded the cylinder with the gun propped on his chest to prevent his dog from jumping on the weapon.
Blevins says the next thing that happened was what confused him.
Blevins said his back suddenly gave out due to an injury he had previously sustained, causing him to fall and hit his head on a nearby table.
The gun accidentally fired during the mishap.
According to Blevins, the blow to his head likely distracted him from the gunshot wound. He said he also takes pain medication for the back injury, which likely dulled his immediate pain.
Blevins then took himself to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial on May 7, and the hospital staff reported the incident to the sheriff’s office.
It is estimated that there have been in excess of 18,000 incidents of gun violence in the United States in the year 2016, according to Gun Violence Archive. A total of 865 of those have been classified as “accidental shootings,” both reported and verified. There have reportedly been over 4,500 deaths so far this year in relation to gun violence, with the total number of injuries hovering around 9,400.
There are no charges to be filed in this accident, so far it remains a closed case.