A 23-year-old Pennsylvania man who is taking part in a free speech rally at Gettysburg National Military Park involuntarily shot himself on Saturday in the left leg with a revolver, officials said.
Katie Lawhon, a spokeswoman for Gettysburg National Military Park, said that the incident took place just before 1 p.m. near the General George Meade Equestrian Monument. U.S. Park Police were nearby and managed to apply a tourniquet to the man’s leg.
The man was identified as Benjamin Hornberger of Shippenburg. The bullet wounded the man’s thigh.
Guns are allowed
Lawhon learnt that Hornberger was taking part in “First Amendment protests” that were expected to take over the park Saturday. Federal law allows firearms in national parks.
Following the incident, Hornberger was sent to a local hospital by ambulance.
EMS personnel told local ABC affiliate WHTM that the tourniquet saved Hornberger’s life.
“It looks like he’ll be OK.” said Sgt. Anna Rose, a U.S. Park Police spokeswoman.
The gun went off for the second time
A law enforcement officer was attempting to remove ammunition from the gun; however, he found difficulty as the gun accidentally went off for a second time. Apparently, no officers or anyone at the scene was injured, wounded or affected by the gun, the news website reported.
“It was apparently an old gun, not in good working order,” Lawhon said.
Lawhon and Rose said that were no charges will be faced till now.
The groups taking part in First Amendment activities were raising the Confederate flag and intending to protest against the political activist group Antifa, Short for (militant) anti-fascists.
Central PA Antifa leaders discarded joining the rally in Gettysburg this weekend, members of groups that oppose Antifa did not take Atifa’s pledges for granted. However, None of the members of Antifa came to the park by the middle of the afternoon.