Accident at Gun Show in Medina

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by Allison Brown

MEDINA, Ohio -- An accident at a gun show is still under investigation.

It happened at the Medina Gun Show at the Medina Community Center. 

Officials are calling the incident “a terrible accident” which left a 62-year-old man wounded.

Medina police tell Fox 8 News just after 3:00 p.m. Saturday, one shot was fired.

It happened after an unknown man came into the show at the Medina County Fairgrounds Community Center and sold a semi-automatic pistol to a dealer.  Officials say the weapon was in a box, and after the seller left the show, the dealer took it out to see if it was unloaded. It was loaded, and police say the exhibitor accidently pulled the trigger, wounding his partner who was sitting next to him.

The victim was taken to Medina Hospital and later transferred to MetroHealth Medical Center.

"This is the first time we had a problem," said Jim Conrad, the show's promoter.

Conrad says this is the 35th year for the Medina Gun Show, and has never experienced an incident like this.

"We were very lucky we have a lot of security, police working for us, we actually had extra security because of all of the national things that are going on right now we're concerned about the crowds, so we did actually have extra police officers, and then we had numerous fire department personnel that are exhibitors," Conrad said.

Still, with at least three Medina police officers, the person who sold the gun left the show unnoticed.

Police say the standard protocol is to check every gun at the door to make sure it's not loaded.

Medina police are not identifying the victim, and the person who accidently discharged the weapon is not expected to be charged.

Officials also say the ATF is putting a trace on the gun, so the seller can be located.

The Medina Gun Show is expected to be back open at 9:00 a.m. Sunday.

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