Man shoots friend, self while taking gun apart
LEBANON, Ore. -- A man shot himself in the hand and and his friend in the arm on Friday night while the two men were on a trip to play in the snow at McDowell Creek, the Linn County Sheriff's Office said.
Deputies investigating the shooting said that Brandon Butler, 23, and Anthony Catullo, 31, were about 10 miles down a McDowell Creek logging road with two friends. The group told officials that they were in the area to play in the snow.
Butler and Catullo were talking about trading a set of tires for a .45 caliber, semi-automatic pistol.
At around 11:30 p.m. Friday, Butler tried to show Catullo how to disassemble the gun.
The gun fired while Butler was taking it apart. The bullet grazed his hand and hit Catullo's forearm, shattering the bone.
Members of the group drove Butler and Catullo to the Lebanon Community Hospital.
Officials said that the men had been drinking at the time the gun went off.