E. Manatee man shoots self in foot with shotgun

EAST MANATEE - An East Manatee man accidentally shot himself in the foot when he dropped his shotgun while investigating why his dogs were barking, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

There recently had been break-ins in the area, near the 7600 block of 213th Street East, so the man went outside about 8:15 p.m. Monday with his double-barrel shotgun. While on his driveway, he accidentally fired one shot , and when he dropped the gun, it fired a second time, sending a pellet into the bottom of his right foot, and shrapnel cut his left shin, according to a news release.

The victim's wife took him to Lakewood Medical Center, where he was treated and released.