Wednesday, January 23, 2008

second memo: don't store weapons in the waistband of your pants

Last week, I posted a story about a man in Michigan who severely injured himself when he hid some shoplifted knives in his pants. (see "thief causes himself a world of hurt")

Unfortunately, some people can't seem to learn from the experience of others.

This week, 25-year-old Derrick Kosch entered the Village Pantry in Kokomo, Indiana and demanded a pack of cigarettes and some money. The attendant put the cash in a bag and turned to get the cigarettes. When she did, she heard the gun fire.

The clerk wasn't fully aware what happened, but video surveillance cameras tell the story: While waiting to get his smokes, Kosch tried to put his semi-automatic handgun in the waistband of his pants. When he did, the gun fired.

Kosch took a direct hit to his groin and his left leg.

Fortunately, Kosch survived his wounds. After he was released from the hospital, he was taken to the Howard County jail where he is currently being held on $100,000 cash bail.

know what's worse? she gave him the wrong kind of cigarettes.

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