Man accidentally shoots friend in hand

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 7, 2011

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man sustained a gunshot wound to his left hand after his friend mistakenly fired a loaded revolver, police said.
The initial report from the scene at 660 Sides Road indicted Aaron Kyle Yarborough, 20, had a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
But Capt. John Sifford of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said after investigating, officers learned Heath O’Brien, 18, of 6975 Stokes Ferry Road, actually fired the shot.
Sifford said O’Brien had been handling the .38-caliber handgun in a “careless manner,” spinning the cylinder around. He thought it was empty when he turned the gun to the side and pulled the trigger.
The bullet landed between Yarborough’s thumb and index finger. He was treated and released from Rowan Regional Medical Center.
Sifford said O’Brien has not been charged in the incident.