Police: Man accidentally shoots himself in thigh in Anchorage parking lot

Benjamin S. Brasch

An active-duty military member shot himself in his leg Thursday in a Tikahtnu Commons parking lot as he loaded his pistol for a venture into town, police said.

Police received a call at 11:47 a.m. that a man had a non-fatal injury after shooting himself in his left thigh, said Anita Shell, Anchorage police spokeswoman.

The man had just left Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, where regulations bar military personnel from carrying loaded personal firearms, Shell said. The man was in the Tikahtnu parking lot, just outside the base, to meet his wife for lunch at the Red Robin there, Shell said.

The man was seating his magazine with his finger on the trigger when he shot himself, Shell said. Police didn't identify him or his branch of service

A 3-month-old infant and a dog were in the car at the time. Neither was hurt, Shell said.

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