Local news reports
A 21-year-old man checking on a relative's animals at a rural Downs home shot himself Monday with a semi-automatic handgun, but his injuries were not life-threatening and the shooting is thought to be an accident.
The victim was transported to OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington by a family member who picked him up at the scene, said McLean County Sheriff's Sgt. Jody May. The man was treated for a gunshot wound to the thigh.
May said the victim was alone when the incident took place shortly before emergency personnel were notified about 5:13 p.m. Monday; police do not think there was any foul play.
May said the incident remains under investigation.
Idiot gun owners who violate the basic safety rules and shoot themselves should be charged with criminal negligence. This should be considered "foul play." Guys like this need to be disarmed for their own good and for the good of those around them.