Colusa man in hospital after accidentally shooting himself
A Colusa man was rushed to the hospital on Monday after reportedly shooting himself in the abdomen.
Colusa police responded to a call from the family of the 24-year-old man in the 200 block of Oak Street in Colusa at 3:33 p.m. according to Sgt. Josh Fitch.
The caller told officers that "he accidentally shot himself and his mom's taking him to the hospital," Fitch said. The man was taken to Colusa Regional Medical Center and then flown to Enloe Medical Center in Chico.
Fitch did not release the man's name because, he said, the man is a victim and it is not a crime to accidentally shoot yourself.
According to Fitch, family members told officers the man went to the alley behind the house to let their dog out and found a small gun by a garbage can.
"He's messing around with it, and pop, it goes off," Fitch said, repeating what he was told. "He said, 'I don't know what happened.'"
After being outside for about five minutes, the man returned inside holding his hands on his upper abdomen, family members told officers.
"Some of it doesn't make sense," Fitch said. But "if he's covering for someone, he's doing a good job."
Officers believe the weapon might have been a .22 automatic.
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