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Man arraigned in accidental shooting

Man arraigned in accidental shooting

A Rockland County man accused of accidentally shooting himself and his girlfriend was trying to show

A Rockland County man accused of accidentally shooting himself and his girlfriend was trying to show off his gun to a friend when the incident occurred, according to prosecutors.

Juan R. Medina, 25, of Garnerville, was arraigned Thursday morning in Schenectady County Court on charges of first-degree assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Just after 11 p.m. Oct. 21, Medina was visiting a friend at 1311 State St. in Schenectady when he and his friend each took out their guns and showed them to each other, according to prosecutor Amy Monahan.

“The defendant informed the friend: ‘I was jumped recently, and that’s not going to happen again,’ ” Monahan said.

Medina then demonstrated how easy it was to disassemble his Glock — forgetting that he had put a live round in the chamber, according to Monahan. The gun fired, hitting him in the hand and striking his girlfriend in the abdomen.

The girlfriend suffered damage to her kidneys and colon and spent 10 days in the hospital, according to Monahan. She had to leave her job as a result of her injuries.

Medina, who was represented by attorney Mitchell Schecter, entered a plea of not guilty. If convicted on the top count, he could spend up to 25 years in state prison.

Medina is currently free on $3,000 cash bond. Monahan called that amount insulting and said it should be increased. While he has no criminal history, she said that he has an outstanding warrant from Florida. She also said higher bail is necessary because Medina is facing substantial prison time, has no ties to the community and has significant financial means.

“He had $2,700 stuffed into the bumper of his car, which he asked the police to remove for him,” she said.

The 2013 BMW was actually a loaner car, according to Monahan, as Medina was having work done on his own vehicle, reportedly worth more than $100,000, she said.

Schecter said he wasn’t aware that an argument about bail would be made. Schenectady County Court Judge Karen Drago will take written bail applications and set a hearing for Jan. 31. No trial date has been set.

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