BENTON CITY, Wash.- Benton County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating what they believe to be an accidental shooting in Benton city.
It happened around 7pm on Wednesday off of Ruppurt road.
Deputies say a man described to be in his 50's went into a field behind his house to target practice with a hand gun.
They say just shortly after he loaded the gun, it went off and hit him in his upper thigh.
The neighbors next door said they could hear something was wrong. They said they were sitting in their house watching TV, when they heard their neighbor shooting his gun. Then they said they started hearing him yell for his wife and ran outside to help. The neighbors said at that point the victim had told them he shot himself.
Sgt. Mathew Clarke with the Benton County Sheriff's Office says gun safety is extremely important. "You should treat every gun as though it is loaded and never put your finger on the trigger unless it is on a target," said Clarke.
The victim was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center, then transported to Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle where he is currently listed in stable condition.
Deputies say they are not releasing the victim's name pending the investigation.