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Police: 2 injured in accidental shooting in Sandy

Two teenage girls were hit and critically injured attempting to cross a highway here Sunday afternoon.
FILE - Two men were injured in an apparent accidental shooting in a parking lot Saturday, police said.
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SANDY — Two men were injured in an apparent accidental shooting in a parking lot Saturday, police said.

Investigators believe the men were inside a car in a parking lot next to the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy around 3:45 p.m. and were handling a gun when it discharged, hitting one of them in the leg and the other in the hand, said Sandy Police Sgt. Jason Nielsen.

Sandy Fire Capt. Alan Bartlome said the men — two relatives, one of them in his 40s and the other in his 20s — were taken to a nearby hospital with wounds that were not considered life-threatening.

"This is a horrible accident and it shows what can happen if a weapon isn't handled properly," Nielsen said. "We ask anybody that's handling a weapon ... (to) always treat it as if it's always loaded. Please handle the weapon with care."