30-year-old Mahmoud Ajaj of Dearborn, Michigan grew sleepy while driving on the Ohio Turnpike around one o'clock in the morning. He decided to pull over on the side of a westbound lane near Fremont and take a nap. In the car with him were his wife and two children, ages 3 and 7.
While preparing for sleep, Ajaj took a gun out of the glove compartment. He had the gun for protection, in case someone tried to rob them. Ajaj went to sleep, holding the gun on his chest. At some point he unintentionally pulled the trigger. The gun discharged, shooting Ajaj in the leg. The bullet entered his upper left thigh and exited out of his lower thigh.
Ajaj was flown to a hospital in Toledo for treatment.