Barre man shoots self in leg practicing 'quick draw'
October 16, 2008
Times Argus Staff
BARRE – A Barre man with an itchy trigger finger accidentally shot himself in the leg with a .44 Magnum revolver Tuesday night, Barre police said.
Gordon Monteith, 61, was practicing his "quick draw" in his Pearl Street apartment at about 7 p.m., according to police, when the gun went off and the bullet entered his lower leg.
When members of the Barre City police, fire and ambulance responded to Downtown Rentals, they found Monteith sitting on the sidewalk at the corner of Pearl Street and North Main Street. Monteith had extensive damage to his lower left leg and was transported to Central Vermont Medical Center for treatment.
Police found three guns in Monteith's apartment, including the handgun he shot himself with. The bullet entered his lower leg just below the knee, traveled down the side of his leg and into his foot, according to police. Hospital staff found the bullet lodged in the bottom of his foot.
Monteith was in stable condition.