An elderly woman was taken to UPMC Hamot tonight after police said she accidentally shot herself in the chest with a handgun at her Erie residence.
Police identified the injured woman as Delores Smith. Police said she is in her early 80s and that she lives alone. A Hamot nursing supervisor had no information on Smith's condition tonight.
Smith told police she was looking at the gun, which belonged to her, when it accidentally fired, striking her in the chest, police said.
Smith told police the incident happened at about 3 p.m. Police said Smith's daughter found her wounded mother when she came to check on her.
Her relatives and family members and all the local gun nuts thought she was better off with a gun. How else would she protect herself from masked home-invading rapists?
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