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Tampa safety instructor has leg amputated after being shot at indoor range

The man who rented the semi-automatic pistol his companion was shooting faces charges of felon in possession of a firearm.

A range safety instructor had to have his leg amputated after a woman shot him accidentally last month at an indoor gun range in Tampa.

Meanwhile, the man who rented the weapon the woman was shooting has been arrested because he had three prior felony convictions.

Felons are not allowed to be in possession of a firearm, even if that weapon has been rented.

Eric Anthony Hall, 42, faces charges of felon in possession of a firearm.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Hall and a female companion were shooting a Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol at Shooters World at 116 E Fletcher Avenue on Nov. 24. When a shell casing went down the woman’s shirt, she lowered the firearm but accidentally turned the muzzle toward a range safety instructor who was working with her.

The instructor was shot in the right upper thigh and transported to Tampa General Hospital.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which could lead to additional federal charges for Hall, authorities said.

“It’s infuriating to know that this tragedy could have been prevented, and an innocent person would not have been injured, had Eric Hall followed the law as a convicted felon and not rented the weapon to begin with,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a news release. “While this victim’s life is changed forever because of Hall’s decision, I hope that we can bring him some level of justice by making sure the person responsible is prosecuted for his careless actions.”