A Port Chester man is recovering from an accidental shooting at a worksite in Rye, according to Rye police.
On Thursday, Aug. 23, a Port Chester man checked himself into White Plains Medical Center after sustaining a gunshot wound to the leg. The man said he was working on a deck at a Forest Avenue residence in Rye when a Kahar P-40 pistol he wore holstered in his waistband accidentally fired.
Police said the worker has a permit for the weapon.
However, Instead of calling the police or emergency medical services, the man told police he thought it would be faster to have his co-worker drive him directly to this hospital without alertering authorities. Medical staff at the hospital informed police that they were treating a gunshot wound victim.
According to Rye police, the man and his co-worker initially denied remembering the house number where they working, but their employers - a Port Chester construction company - provided the house number to police. When detectives interviewed the homeowners they discovered that both husband and wife were at home when the shooting occurred.
Police said the homeowners "heard an 'explosion' but didn't know what happened." One of the homeowners said the two workers told him they were leaving to pick up additional items, but did not reveal there had been a shooting.
Eventuallly, the shooting victim's mother arrived at the hospital after receiving a voicemail from her son. She provided detectives with a copy of a permit for the pistol from her son's wallet. Police said the permit is valid and current.
The man was released from the hospital following medical treatment.