RNC Guardsman Shot With Own Gun in Hotel Mishap

Shooter was examining colleague's gun
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2012 8:03 AM CDT
RNC Guardsman Shot With Own Gun in Hotel Mishap
More than 1,700 Florida National Guard troops have been brought to Tampa for the Republican National Convention.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(Newser) – A Florida National Guardsman in Tampa for the Republican National Convention accidentally shot a colleague with the man's own gun. Police say the guardsman was examining the grip on 21-year-old Michael Wdowiak's revolver when it went off, striking Wdowiak in the upper body and left hand, reports the AP. Three other guardsmen in the same hotel room were not injured.

Wdowiak, one of 1,700 troops brought to Tampa for the convention, required surgery. Police say alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident and no charges were filed, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Earlier this week, a member of Mitt Romney's Secret Service detail caused a scare by leaving a gun in the bathroom of the candidate's plane. (Read more Republican National Convention stories.)

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