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Two Injured In Illinois Gun Show Shooting

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Two men have been injured in what officials say was an accidental shooting at a central Illinois gun show.

McLean County Sheriff Mike Emery says an attendee at the ECA Gun and Knife Show was laying a semi-automatic rifle on a vendor table Saturday when the gun went off. Emery tells the (Bloomington) Pantagraph that the bullet went through a thick wooden post and two people.

One man has a chest wound, and details of the other man’s condition weren’t immediately available. Emery says authorities will investigate why a loaded weapon was at the show.

The show, organized by the Egyptian Collectors Association, was back up and running shortly after the shooting. Organizers say the shooting marked the first incident in the show’s more than 10 years.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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