By Associated Press - Monday, October 15, 2018

SHELBY, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say a North Carolina man was wounded when he opened a back door in his home which he had rigged up to fire a shotgun.

The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office told the Shelby Star 68-year-old Eddie Smith set up a shotgun facing his back door. The sheriff’s office said Smith went outside to feed some squirrels Monday and opened the booby-trapped door and triggered the shotgun, which shot him in his right arm.

First responders went through the home to be sure nothing else was rigged with weapons before taking Smith to a local hospital. Capt. Jon Wright said the man was severely wounded but alert when he was taken to the hospital.

Smith had recently posted a sign warning trespassers to stay off his property.


Information from: The Shelby Star,

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