OKLAHOMA CITY – A family is now without their grandfather after he accidentally shot himself while trying to protect his grandchildren.
Officials said the man was putting his shotgun in his car when it accidentally fired killing him.
A neighbor who heard the gunshot called 911 and tried to give CPR but was unable to revive the man.
“We’re neighbors. We just wave hi to each other. He was a good neighbor,” TL Hosur said.
Police say the man’s wife and two grandchildren were home at the time.
The grandfather was actually taking the shotgun to his car to keep it out of the reach of his grandchildren.
Authorities said they don’t suspect foul play and call it an accident.
The Centers for Disease Control say more than 600 people died from accidental shootings in 2010.
Shooting safety experts recommend every firearm owner carry their weapon in a case.
“We’re going to recommend a case; this is a hard shell case,” H&H Shooting Sport manager Zeke Ernst said.
For now, members and neighbors are grieving a terrible loss.
Police have not released the victim’s name and said this is an ongoing investigation.