I post this news gem from our little daily newspaper knowing that I run the risk of inviting my East Coast readers to (rightly in this case) make fun of Hoosiers. Too bad the guy didn't have a headache. (And is name is Darrell to boot. I wonder if he has another brother Darrell...)
Here it is:
POLICE: MAN SAID HE SHOT HIMSELF IN THE KNEE TO STOP PAIN
A Bloomington man was still being treated Friday night for a self-inflicted gunshot wound he suffered Thursday.
Darrell Rodgers, 40, reportedly told police he shot himself in the left knee because it was causing him too much pain.
According to reports filed by Bloomington police officer Paul Post, Rodgers had been shot in the same knee 10 or 11 years ago, though details of that incident were not available.
Rodgers said he had been fishing with his brother Thursday afternoon, and on the way back his left knee began causing him extreme pain.
Just after 6:50 p.m., his brother took him to Bloomington Hospital to be examined.
Rodgers’ brother went inside the hospital to find help. Two nurses had begun walking toward his car, and were only about 15 feet away, when they heard a gunshot.
Rodgers, who remained conscious for about two minutes after the shooting, later told officers he had used a .38-caliber handgun with jacketed, hollow-point bullets to shoot himself in the knee to “make the pain go away,” the report said.
Rodgers was taken inside the hospital, where he remained Friday for treatment.
That’s where Post cited him Friday afternoon, for discharging a firearm within city limits. Rodgers did have a current gun permit for the weapon.