SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Scarborough police say an elderly man who accidentally shot himself at a firing range in the town over the weekend did well to stay calm and call for help.

The 77-year-old man, whose name police have not released, was alone at the Scarborough Fish and Game Association facility off Holmes Road around 11 a.m. Saturday when the incident occurred, Detective Sgt. Rick Rouse of the Scarborough Police Department said Monday.

“It was accidental,” Rouse said. “He was handling a firearm at Scarborough Fish and Game and it discharged. He was there by himself, unfortunately, but he was able to make a phone call and get us there.”

The elderly man fired a .22-caliber single-action revolver into his abdomen, Rouse said, but kept his cool while on the telephone with rescuers to explain where on the relatively large campus he was and what happened.

Police believe the man, who was transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland and underwent surgery Saturday, is now recovering from his injury, Rouse said.

“Some people would just have gone into shock — just the fact that they shot themselves, never mind the pain and everything else that went into it,” Rouse said. “That tells you something about him. I can only imagine he was in [tremendous] pain.”

Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.