Gun shop worker accidentally shoots customer in the back

Gun store illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi 

We all heard of the saying “stabbed in the back."

Now, a customer in a shop was actually shot in the back, according to police reports.

Authorities said that an employee of a New Mexico gun shop was unloading a firearm when he accidentally shot the customer in the back, injuring him.

The 65-year-old customer was taken by helicopter from Silver City to a hospital in Texas, where he is listed in stable condition.

Silver City Police Chief Ed Reynolds, said that an employee of Copper County Sporting Arms was unloading a .45 caliber pistol on Tuesday, when the gun went off, shooting the man in the back.

Emergency crews closed the road in front of the store so a medical helicopter could land. The helicopter flew the man to the hospital in El Paso, Texas, for treatment.

Reynolds said that the investigation is ongoing, and it is unclear if charges will be filed. No names have been released.