A federal drug agent giving a presentation to Orlando-area children on gun safety accidentally shot himself in the thigh, says the Orlando Sentinel. Vivian Farmer, 52, was with her 13-year-old nephew last month in a standing room only crowd at a program sponsored by the Orlando Minority Youth Golf Association.
The agent drew his .40-caliber duty weapon and removed the magazine. He pulled back the slide and asked a man in the audience to look inside the weapon to make sure it was not loaded. The agent kept his gun pointed toward the floor and when he released the slide, the weapon fired one shot into the top of his thigh.
“The kids screamed and started to cry,” Farmer recounted. “My first thought was that it was part of his presentation…then I looked at the agent’s face and he looked surprised. Then there was a quick grimace on his face of sudden pain. I thought, ‘This isn’t a joke. This is real.’ Everyone was pretty shaken up, but the point of gun safety hit home. Unfortunately, the agent had to get shot. But after seeing that, my nephew doesn’t want to have anything to do with guns.”