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Man Shot By Brother In Moving Car Undergoes Surgery

Police said that three brothers were traveling in a vehicle near the corner of Route 114 and Short Street when Josiah Dean, 18, of Merrimack, started unloading a revolver while sitting in the back seat. The gun discharged and a round struck the front seat where Dean’s brother was sitting.

First, this is stupid. It might also be a lie, depending on what type of revolver it is. Or it might just be a complete lie. It has been know to happen that people will do stupid stuff like this and then sort of fib to the police about the exact circumstances.

Just in case, let’s review the four rules.

1) All guns are always loaded (until you establish whether they are or not).

2) Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. Keep your gun pointed in a safe direction at all times: on the range, at home, loading, or unloading.

3) Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target (and you are ready to shoot).

4) Be sure of your target. Know what it is, what is in line with it and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything that you haven’t positively identified.

Follow those four rules religiously and you will likely never have a negligent discharge of your firearm. Follow them and even if you do have an ND, it is very likely no one is going to be injured.

It’s not that difficult, really.

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After a long career as a field EMS provider, I'm now doing all that back office stuff I used to laugh at. Life is full of ironies, isn't it? I still live in the Northeast corner of the United States, although I hope to change that to another part of the country more in tune with my values and beliefs. I still write about EMS, but I'm adding more and more non EMS subject matter. Thanks for visiting.


  1. Made the news up here pretty fast… The location where this happened is about 7 miles away from me, right at the Country 3 Corners (junction of 114 and 149 in So. Weare). The State Police are involved in the investigation precisely because of what you pointed out. So far they haven’t filed charges, but this could change.The guy that got shot was originally taken to the Elliot but they transferred him across the river to CMC – from what I gather he really needed a thoracic surgeon, and CMC has some of the best up here.Regardless, it should never have happened. These guys will probably get a Darwin honorable mention because the victim appears to be surviving.

  2. Maybe I missed a teachable moment but when a friend of mine told me about her grandmother shooting herself in the finger (the gun just went off!) I just bit my tongue. BTW – painfully overdue, and I’ve been so busy in recent months that I thought I already had, but today I noticed you are not on my blog roll. I have corrected that error.Sorry you didn’t feel up to going out to eat with the gang on Tuesday – it would have been nice to see your bad self. Hope you had a nice visit to DFW!

  3. You just can’t teach some people and I understand the frustration of realizing that and then fighting the urge. And I also have been remiss in not adding you to the blog roll. Will be corrected within the hour. Tuesday was disappointing in oh so many ways. I was on the verge of joining you and in fact was waiting for AD to bring the limo around when my stomach rebelled once more. I hope I can have a rain check for my next visit to the area.

  4. Definitely true story as Walt indicated. Sad for these kids to learn this lesson through experience instead of appropriate teaching prior to letting them handle weapons.


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