How-to video ends with finger wound

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A 22-year-old Belen man proved how-to videos don't always work.

On Nov. 25, the man shot his own hand while watching a YouTube video about how to clean his gun at a residence on the 300 block of Bernard Avenue in Belen.

According to a police report, the 9 mm handgun fired while he was showing a female how to take the gun apart. He reportedly shot himself in the left hand near his pinkie finger.

He was transported to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Belen Police Chief Dan Robb said the injury could have been more serious.

"If you don't know how a gun operates, unload (it)," Robb said. "YouTube doesn't mean it's being done correctly or safety. There are more reliable sources out there."

Robb said people should treat firearms like they are loaded at all times. He said gun owners should read their manual before operating a firearm.

Earlier this month, Robb said another man accidently shot someone in the foot by mishandling a firearm. He said firearms should always be pointed down to be safe.

In Sunday's incident, police arrived on scene to find blood on the floor and the walls throughout the house and a 9 mm casing on the floor of the living room. The firearm was taken by officers and booked into evidence.

The man's hand was wrapped in a towel when police arrived on scene. The man was not charged with a crime.

Robb said the man is fortunate the incident ended without anyone being seriously hurt.

"He could have completely lost his finger," Robb said. "It could have been a lot worse."


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