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Man cleaning gun accidentally shoots himself, buddy in Spring Hill home

SPRING HILL — A man cleaning his gun Monday night accidentally fired a round that hit his own hand and then struck his friend in the foot.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office gave this account: Thomas Maffatone, 20, was in the living room of a house at 3798 Braemere Drive cleaning his Springfield XD45 semiautomatic pistol as his friends Michael King, 20, and Kyle Minderman, 20, sat on a couch.

King said he heard a loud bang and felt pain in his right foot. He looked down and yelled, "I've been shot.''

While removing his sneaker and sock, King said he saw Maffatone get up and wrap a cloth around his own left hand, which Minderman said was "spraying blood all over the place.''

Minderman drove both men to Spring Hill Regional Hospital, where Maffatone was treated for a wound to the middle finger of his left hand while King was treated for a wound to the middle toe of his right foot.

King told deputies that the shooting was an accident, as there had been no animosity between him and Maffatone.

Man cleaning gun accidentally shoots himself, buddy in Spring Hill home 05/26/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 9:45pm]
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