24-year-old Logan Cooper, of Olean, New York, was looking at a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun he had just purchased. While trying to dismantle the gun he unintentionally discharged the weapon.
The bullet struck Cooper in the finger and then hit his 28-year-old girlfriend, Connie Mascho, in the right shoulder. Cooper was treated and released from the local hospital. But Mascho had to be airlifted to a medical center in Buffalo. She was listed in critical condition.
Cooper was arrested and charged with first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree assault. Because he did not have a permit for the gun, he was also charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
A police spokesman stated that "according to both parties, it was a total accident. I don't think he was too knowledgeable in the use of firearms."