Authorities: Guardsman assisting at RNC accidentally shot in hotel

ASSOCIATED PRESSSeptember 1, 2012 

ST. PETERSBURG -- Authorities say a member of a Florida National Guard unit assisting at the Republican National Convention was accidentally shot while examining his personal revolver in a hotel room with another guard member.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said 21-year-old Michael Wdowiak was showing his handgun to Jeffrey A. Spurr when it discharged a single round while in Spurr's possession.

The sheriff's statement said Wdowiak was hit in the upper body and left hand and required surgery.

The sheriff's statement said alcohol did not appear to be a factor and there were no charges.

It added at least three others in the room were not hurt.

Wdowiak and Spurr are with a guard contingent from Ocala staying at the hotel, it said.

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