30-year-old Joshua Wilkinson of Boonville, Indiana went to the Tri-State Gun and Knife Show at the Evansville National Guard Armory last weekend. He was looking for a holster for his .45-caliber handgun. Obeying the gun show rules before entering the arena with his handgun, he removed the ammunition and applied a zip tie to the trigger of the gun so it couldn't fire. After Wilkinson purchased a new holster he decided to remove the zip tie and reload the gun while still inside the show. When Wilkinson tried to put the gun into his new holster he unintentionally fired the gun.
When the bullet hit the concrete floor it fragmented injuring a 72-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy. Both of the injuries were minor and they were not taken to the hospital.
Police said that Wilkinson was in a hurry and wanted to get home, which is why he removed the zip tie inside the show. They also said Wilkinson had been drinking before entering the gun show and had a blood alcohol level of 0.05 percent. He has been charged with criminal recklessness.