GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Some customers of the Gonzales Cabela's location fear that Thursday's accidental shooting at the store could have been far worse.
Gonzales Police said the incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. According to police, an employee was showing a .22 caliber handgun to a customer when the gun discharged shooting him in the hand.
The bullet reportedly passed through the employee's hand before hitting the floor.
Some customers said it was fortunate that the person only got shot in the hand, while expressing fear that next time someone could be hit in the head.
"A gun is always loaded until it's checked. That's the way you have to treat it," said JW Ambrose, a Cabela's customer. "Basically if they had an incident here where a gun discharged, then they need to do some training to train the employees to always check to make sure the guns unloaded before the handle it."
"You can't get 'laxed' around gun safety. It's not something you have to stay awake at night and worry about. But you can't just lull into a false sense of security because you work with guns every day," said Colbert Sheard, another customer.
So far, it is unclear whether the gun was on display or whether a customer brought it in for an appraisal.
Management at the store did not answer questions about the incident. Calls to the Cabela's corporate office were also not returned.
The injured employee was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.
Police say the incident is still under investigation, but since there are no other injuries reported, a preliminary investigation concludes that the incident was an accident.