A Checotah man shot himself in the wrist while "defending" a survival gear store and shooting range in Oktaha, said Muskogee County Sheriff Charles Pearson.

Terrence Veninga, 57, was volunteering Tuesday morning as an armed guard with several other self-described patriots at the Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gear store and gun range, a self-professed Muslim-free store.

His gun, an old Colt .45 revolver, fell from its bucket holster and discharged. The bullet hit him in the wrist, Pearson said. Veninga was guarding the store because of alleged threats against it, Pearson said.

Pearson said the gun-safety prowess of the volunteers guarding the store concerned him.

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