Man flown to Columbus hospital after accidental gunshot wound

By Frank Lewis

September 17, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

A Portsmouth man has been flown by helicopter to a Columbus hospital Friday after suffering an apparently accidental gunshot wound. John Little of 1251 Bierley Rd. Portsmouth was reportedly looking at a gun at Three D Outfitters gun store at 8508 Ohio River Road, Wheelersburg, when the gun discharged, striking him in the hand.

Kevin Dingus said Little came into the store and asked to look at a Colt 1911 .45 pistol. He said he (Kevin Dingus) was busy at the time and his father, Paul M. Dingus retrieved a gun from the gun case and gave it to Little, who was turning it back and forth in his hand.

Both said they were turned the other way when they heard the gun discharge, and saw Little on the floor. They said they called 911 and got shirt for him to wrap around his hand to stop the bleeding. He was flown to Riverside Hospital in Columbus.

The gun reportedly had five live rounds in it at the time.

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