Wal-Mart trip gone wrong

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    Wal-Mart trip gone wrong

    This happened just down the road from me, lots of mistakes made here: carrying in his waistband, pointing the gun at the sky in a wal-mart restroom, and it "accidentally went off".

    http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/apps/...WS01/109070123

    Wal-Mart shooter faces felony charge


    By ASHLEY SMITH, Telegraph Staff
    asmith@nashuatelegraph.com

    Published: Thursday, Sep. 7, 2006

    HUDSON – Charles Masterson was always taught that it’s safest to point a gun at the sky when it’s not being used, so that’s what he did when he stepped into a bathroom stall at the local Wal-Mart to relieve himself, he told police.

    The precaution backfired when the gun went off and struck a ceiling tile, scaring the pants back on Wal-Mart employee, who came running out of the next stall. For placing that teenager in serious danger, police are holding Masterson criminally responsible.

    Masterson, 36, of 23 Brook St., No. 3 in Nashua, was jailed overnight after the gun discharged, but released on personal recognizance Wednesday after an arraignment in Nashua District Court. Charged with felony reckless conduct, Masterson is accused of discharging the weapon in the bathroom of the Hudson Wal-Mart around 9 p.m. Tuesday. His 13-year-old son was also in the bathroom at the time, police said.

    In an interview with police later that night, Masterson said he had been carrying the Glock 9mm pistol in his waistband. When asked why he felt the need to carry a concealed handgun at Wal-Mart, Masterson replied: “Well, I have the right to bear arms, you know.”

    The Wal-Mart employee, 17-year-old Adam Carew of Dracut, Mass., told police he was in the handicapped accessible stall when he heard the gunshot. Carew said he ran out and saw Masterson’s son covering his ears. Masterson walked out of his stall, put the gun in his pants and “just walked right out of the bathroom like nothing happened,” Carew told police.

    Store employees called police, and Masterson complied when management asked him to stay until they arrived.

    At the Wednesday hearing, Masterson asked Judge Thomas Rappa Jr. to reduce his $5,000 cash or surety bail, maintaining that he is not a flight risk and he cannot afford it while paying child support.

    Rappa agreed to change Masterson’s bail to $25,000 personal recognizance, which means he pays nothing as long as he stays out of trouble. “I’m talking not even a stop sign violation,” Rappa said.

    Sgt. Donna Briggs, the Hudson prosecutor, requested that Masterson’s apartment be searched as a condition of his bail. Masterson agreed to the search, which was to be conducted by Nashua police immediately after his release.

    Briggs also asked that Masterson have no contact with Wal-Mart or its employees, which the judge imposed.

    Carew, the Wal-Mart employee, could not be reached for comment. His father, Art Carew, said his son was “pretty shaken up” by the whole thing.
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    Sgt. Donna Briggs, the Hudson prosecutor, requested that Masterson’s apartment be searched as a condition of his bail.
    Um, searched for what?

    That's BS.

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    He made many bad mistakes, and did the 2nd amendment no favors. Everyone who carries a pistol concealed needs a good holster.
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    What an idiot.

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    Blame it on Sixto - now that is a viable plan.

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    The Brady folks should hire him as a poster boy!
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    Better training and a holster would have helped. Searched for what ?! Unfortunately we will see a few who are gonna do stuff like this.
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    Sgt who? is the "prosecutor"?...explain that one to me...

    This guy is an idiot...

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    WOW...all I can say is if I was anti-gun I could have a field day with this one. There's always going to be a few bad apples in a bunch but it still hurts when you hear about them...

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    The issue isn't about concealed carry, it's idiots who decide to carry as IF they have a CCW. In NH, you gotta get have a permit, no permit, it's illegal.
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    I'm surprised this guy hasn't shot his nuts off. Glad nobody was hurt.

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    Real bright guy. What was his finger doing on the trigger? And why didn't he just put it in his pocket? AAAArgh!
    eschew obfuscation

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    I agree that a good holster is needed, but it says it struck a ceiling tile. It apparently did not go off when he drew it.
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    Can we say gross incompetance?

    Exactly the sort of idiotic behavior that gives anti's a boatload of ammo to use against us. Not to mention making WalMart think again over policy.

    This guy would seem to be an inept loose cannon - who had probably never heard of the four rules or gained anything approaching safe handling of a Glock. No friend of ours
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    Can we say gross incompetance?

    Exactly the sort of idiotic behavior that gives anti's a boatload of ammo to use against us. Not to mention making WalMart think again over policy.

    This guy would seem to be an inept loose cannon - who had probably never heard of the four rules or gained anything approaching safe handling of a Glock. No friend of ours
    Exactly. He's part of the problem. Obviously no training, or he's too stupid to remember it.........Cretin.

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    I guess the leak was a good one if it made him squeeze the triger. glad no one was hurt, it could have been alot worse

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