03/09/05 — Man killed in accidental shooting

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Man killed in accidental shooting

By Bonnie Edwards
Published in News on March 9, 2005 1:49 PM

WARSAW -- A Warsaw area man was killed Monday night in an accidental shooting.

Law officers said Bruce Mason, 38, was returning to his home on Gaston Street when he dropped a handgun he was carrying and it went off, shooting him in the abdomen.

Duplin Sheriff's Captain Stanley Jones said Mason was a truck driver and carried a weapon.

Mason was carrying some other items in his hands at the time of the accident, Jones said, and apparently dropped the pistol on a concrete slab at his front door.

Mason was taken to Duplin General Hospital, but resuscitation efforts failed. Jones said doctors told him that Mason's injuries were too extensive for even a team of surgeons to have been able to save him.

"It's a very tragic thing," Jones said.