26-year-old Cody Schara, of Reedsburg, Wisconsin unintentionally shot himself in the hand while handling a handgun in his home at 3 a.m. The bullet damaged a fingertip and went through his left hand below the pinky finger. No one else was present when the gun fired, although his mother was asleep in another room. Preliminary breath tests produced a 0.12 blood-alcohol level, 1 1/2 times the legal limit for driving. Schara has been charged with reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor that could result in a fine if found guilty.
Police noted that accidental shootings happen once or twice a year in Reedsburg. "Obviously, weapons and alcohol don't mix," said the police spokesperson.