Barber accidentally shot in buttocks

Oct. 6, 2011 at 11:15 AM

PARMA, Ohio, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- An Ohio barber said he will not press charges after a customer dropped a gun, accidentally firing a bullet into the barber's buttocks.

Kurt Voelkel, owner of Werner's Barber Shop in Parma, said the customer arrived for an appointment around 2 p.m. Sept. 29 and the 9 mm handgun fell from his holster as he was preparing to sit down, WJW-TV, Cleveland, reported Thursday.

Voelkel said the weapon discharged a round, which passed through his chair and his wallet before becoming lodged deep within his buttocks.

"It took me a minute to realize what happened," Voelkel said. "But at the time, it really did hurt pretty bad."

The barber said he was treated at MetroHealth Medical Center and released after two and a half hours. He said doctors left the bullet inside of him.

"If I really get in there and push, I can feel it. But other than that, I can't -- just the wound," Voelkel said.

He said he will not press charges against the longtime customer as the incident was accidental and the man is taking care of his medical bills.

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