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By Greg MasséPost Independent StaffGLENWOOD SPRINGS – A 19-year-old Glenwood Springs resident was accidentally shot on Saturday by a friend who was reportedly playing with a gun.Glenwood Springs police chief Terry Wilson said Jesse D. Gallegos, 22, of Glenwood Springs was playing with a semiautomatic pistol inside a residence at 1611 Cooper Ave. around 8 p.m. Saturday when the gun fired, sending a bullet through his friend’s abdomen. “There were a few people there,” Wilson said. “Apparently the guy took the clip out and didn’t check the chamber, and boom!” The identify of the victim, who was taken to Valley View Hospital, was not released by police. The teenager underwent surgery, and Wilson said he is expected to recover. His condition was not available on Monday. The gunshot went in the side of the man’s abdomen, then out the other side. “He was seriously, seriously injured,” Wilson said. There were several people at the residence when the accident happened, each of whom verified that the shooting was an accident, Wilson said.Wilson said he’s not sure what caliber the handgun was, but he said it was a semiautomatic pistol. Gallegos was arrested on charges of second-degree assault, prohibited use of a weapon, providing alcohol to minors and possession of drug paraphernalia.Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. 511gmasse@postindependent.com


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