19-year-old Zackery Freeman, of Crawfordsville, Indiana was an avid hunter who had taken gun safety classes. But on August 22nd he made a mistake and ended up paying for it with his life.
That day Zack and a friend were out shooting. According to a friend, "Zack's friend laid the weapon behind the front seat. Zack picked it up by the business end, not knowing it had a round in it."
Zack was removing the shotgun from the back seat of his car. He grabbed the gun by the barrel, assuming it was not loaded. But it was loaded and one of the guns' two safeties was off and the weapon discharged, striking Zack in the abdomen.
Zack was rushed to the hospital but died a short time later.
"It was a terrible accident, and Zack knew better," said his mother. "But he had to go to work and he was in a hurry."
This Saturday an event will be held at the Big R store in Crawfordsville. The benefit is called "A Cause for a Rebel" and will feature a silent auction, music, food, and a car, truck and bike show. Local law enforcement will also be at the event to teach the do's and don'ts of handling firearms as well as handing out gun safety locks and literature about gun safety.