2 injured in separate shooting range accidents

Police are asking shooters to be more careful after two people were injured in separate accidents during target practice this weekend.

Both men were taken to Indianapolis hospitals after one was shot in the leg and the other was struck with shrapnel.

Both incidents were accidental, but Sheriff Doug Cox wants people to be aware of what happened.

“The whole purpose of sending these is to get the word out that people need to be more careful,” Cox said.

Emergency workers were first called to a property in the 7200 block of South Tipton Trail in Nineveh, where a man had been shot in the leg at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Three men were at a private range in the back yard doing firearms training. Joseph Settles told deputies he had a simulation gun and a loaded firearm. By accident, he drew the loaded gun and shot Kyle Brooks in the leg, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report.

Brooks was taken to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, where he was treated and released, according to the hospital.

Everyone involved said the shooting was an accident, and no one was arrested, Cox said.

At 4:45 p.m., emergency workers were called to a second shooting range in the 7700 block of East County Road 1000N, southeast of Greenwood. The owner of the property told deputies he was teaching a shooting class when a piece of shrapnel struck Grambi Dora. Dora was struck in both arms and his right side, and was taken to the Richard A. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, the sheriff’s office report said.

His injuries did not appear to be life threatening, the report said.

Another person at the range told deputies they had been shooting at paper and metal targets when a bullet ricocheted off the target, breaking apart. The shrapnel struck Dora, the report said.

His condition was not available Monday.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.