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Accidental shooting injures airline employee

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • A passenger tries to check a loaded weapon in a New Orleans airport
  • The weapon discharges, striking a counter and an airline employee
  • The employee suffers non-life-threatening injuries
  • Air Travel

(CNN) -- A passenger's gun accidentally discharged at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport on Monday, injuring an airline employee, police said.

Edward Deubler, 65, of Harvey, Louisiana, was checking his hunting rifle at the United Airlines ticket counter when the weapon discharged, according to Sgt. Larry Dyess, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

The bullet struck a counter, and a piece hit an airline employee in the leg, Dyess said. The employee was taken to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Deubler was issued a misdemeanor summons for negligent injury. His court appearance date is unknown, and the district attorney's office declined to comment on the incident.