A 24-year-old San Diego, California man was loading his newly purchased .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun for the first time. When he put the gun down on the coffee table he unintentionally discharged the weapon. The bullet hit his girlfriend in the leg, then exited her leg and lodged in the thigh of a 19-year-old male who was visiting.
According to police the handgun owner apparently had his finger on the trigger of the gun when he put it down on the table, causing him to accidentally fire one shot. The two people hit by the bullet were taken to the hospital and are expected to recover. The gun was seized by police and the gun owner is expected to be charged with negligent discharge of a firearm.