Man shoots himself in the stomach while sitting in dentist chair after mistaking gun for cellphone


Shooting a gun (illustration) 
By: Chan Yuan

An elderly man was rushed to a hospital after accidentally shooting himself in the stomach while sitting in a dentist chair, according to police in Ohio.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said that 72-year-old James Short, suffered a wound to his stomach and hand after mistaking his gun for a cellphone.

So far, no charges have been filed against Short, who has a permit to carry a weapon.

According to the police investigation, Short heard his cellphone ringing while at the New Carlisle Dental Group on South Church Street, on Wednesday around 12:00 p.m.

When he tried to grab his cellphone, he accidentally grabbed his gun and fired. Short was taken to the Miami Valley Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Short could face a charge of using weapons while intoxicated.