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Police plan to charge gun vendor over shooting

June 30, 2014
Associated Press

ORANGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Police in central Pennsylvania are recommending criminal charges against a gun show vendor who accidentally shot a woman while demonstrating a concealed carry wallet holster.

Bloomsburg police Officer Brad Sharrow said Monday he intends to file a reckless endangerment charge against 44-year-old Geoffrey Hawk, of Warminster. The Columbia County district attorney would have to approve the charge.

Police say 25-year-old Krista Gearhart was shot in the thigh on Saturday at the Eagle Arms Gun Show at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. She was treated at a hospital and released.

Sharrow says the vendor displayed "gross negligence" by failing to make sure the gun was unloaded.

Hawk did not immediately return phone messages Monday.

The charge is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.



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