Area man hospitalized after shooting penis: two versions
9 August 2011
Curses, curses! on those fickle gods, those tricksters. Pause with me while I sing a poem to the ironies of fate.
Oh, how quickly an ordinary day can turn dark. It rarely turns dark in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, the home of Joshua and Cara. Oh Cara and Joshua, Joshua and Cara: did the burning sun, bright blue sky, and baking heat of Phoenix in August give you any warning of the sad events to unfold?
They set out together on a walk to the grocery store — were they holding hands? were they laughing together with the glow of love? — when the fates intervened in the form of Cara’s pink pistol, which Joshua had tucked into his waistband. How, oh how, did it fire?
Pink pistol, the walk to the market, the burning sun: ingredients for trouble. Somehow, somehow, the bullet cruelly pierced Joshua’s penis and left thigh. How he must have cried! how Cara must have bemoaned the perversity of it coming from her own pink weapon, that symbol of hard femininity that her love had tried to possess, if only momentarily! Can Joshua and Cara rise again from these ashes, like that mythic bird for which Phoenix was named?
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — A suburban Phoenix man is recovering after police say he accidentally shot himself in the penis while putting his girlfriend’s gun in the waistband of his pants.
Chandler police say 27-year-old Joshua Seto and his fiancée, Cara Christopher, were walking toward a grocery store when the shooting happened last week. The gun fired, striking Seto’s penis and continuing through his left thigh.
The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/oEjass ) a 911 operator told Christopher to apply direct pressure to the wound with a dry towel or T-shirt.
Chandler Police Detective Seth Tyler was unsure of the type of gun, or whether it had a safety that was off. He also says it’s unclear if Seto has been released from the hospital or suffered any permanent damage.
In the wake of the shooting, Tyler warned residents to use holsters, not waistbands, if they’re going to carry a handgun.
And the Arizona Republic adds, with the hardest note of all from detective Tyler:
He may possibly face charges, too, Tyler said. “The case agent is still determining that,” Tyler said Sunday.