Accident with Shotgun at St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club Injures 11 People in Elburn, Illinois


Elburn police and firefighters/paramedics responded to the St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club, 44W471 Keslinger Rd. in Elburn after a 69-year-old man accidentally discharged a gun in the St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club injuring at least 10 people inside the club.

The 69-year-old man was preparing to put his 12-gauge shotgun away inside the club when he accidentally put a live shotgun round into the gun instead of a snap cap. A snap cap is a device used to absorb damaging forces of the firing pin of a gun while it is being stored. A snap cap looks like a standard firearm cartridge but contains no primer or projectile.

Buckshot from the live shotgun round ricocheted off the floor and bounced up, striking several people inside the clubhouse.
The buckshot injured a 31-year-old man from West Chicago, a 60-year-old man from Somonauk and a 14-year-old boy from Geneva, who were transported to Delnor Hospital. The 69-year-old resident of St. Charles, who shot the gun, was also transported to Delnor Hospital.

At least seven other people were treated at the scene and released, police said.

Police believe the incident was an accident, and there is no word on any criminal charges related to the incident.

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