Police plan to charge vendor over accidental gun show shooting

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 30, 2014 11:38 AM

(Orangeville) -- 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 says 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 move.

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 Geisinger Medical Center and released.

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

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

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