Guardsman accidentally shoots self

The Associated Press
Thursday January 03, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO — A National Guardsman accidentally shot himself at San Francisco International Airport Friday night. 

KRON-TV reported that Louis Alvarez, a National Guard Specialist, was going off duty, and having difficulty removing his 9 mm Baretta from its holster when it went off. 

Alvarez was removing his gun to make sure it was clear of ammunition. 

He was hit in the buttocks and taken to San Francisco General Hospital, treated and released. 

“He’s a good soldier who had an accident,” said Lt. Robert Paoletti. 

The shooting happened at a courtyard in the international terminal. The National Guard is investigating the incident. Police were also called to the scene.