Arizona Man Accidentally Shoots Himself in Groin in Walmart

A man was taken to hospital in Arizona this week after shooting himself in the groin area inside a Walmart in Buckeye, Maricopa County.

The local police department tweeted on Tuesday officers were working what appeared to be a "self-inflicted accidental shooting" inside the Watson and Yuma Walmart.

Buckeye PD later confirmed in an update: "Adult male accidentally shot himself in the groin area inside the Walmart Watson & Yuma. Being transported to hospital. No other injuries."

The Arizona Republic newspaper reported the incident occurred at around 6:30 p.m. after a semiautomatic handgun that was being held in the man's waistband began to slip. The gun, which was not in a holster, discharged as he attempted to reposition it, the man told cops.

The Arizona Republic reported when police officers responded to the gun shot the man was found in the meat section of the Walmart store with "survivable injuries." Officers said they filed a report for the unlawful discharge of a firearm but it was believed to be accidental.

It was not immediately clear if the man would be charged by the local police department. The man's identity and condition at the hospital was not made public by law enforcement.

Buckeye Fire Department also attended to the scene, officials said.

Buckeye PD and fire working what appears to be a self-inflicted accidental shooting inside the Walmart Watson & Yuma

— Buckeye Police Dept (@BuckeyeAZPD) November 28, 2018

UPDATE: Adult male accidentally shot himself in the groin area inside the Walmart Watson & Yuma. Being transported to hospital. No other injuries.

— Buckeye Police Dept (@BuckeyeAZPD) November 28, 2018

Over the years, Walmart has been host to several wince-inducing groin injuries.

In May this year, a man who had been released from jail for 24 hours was left with a bruised scrotum after attempting to flee a Walmart in Vidor, Texas, by jumping over a fence. Ryan Allen Prajzner had tried to get a refund for items taken from store shelves, police said.

Last year, a woman who was intoxicated after allegedly drinking beer inside Walmart grabbed a paramedic by the testicles as he was evaluating her following her arrest, WKMG reported.

And back in 2016, paramedics rushed to a Walmart parking lot in Charlotte, North Carolina, to treat a man who tried to drive himself to hospital after being shot in the groin, WSOC-TV reported.

More recent crimes have also been reported inside the popular retail store.

Earlier this month, a woman was shot during a domestic dispute inside the garden center of a Florida Walmart. She was rushed to hospital but later passed away from the injuries, Ocala police confirmed. The shooter fled and was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. And in early November, a man was fatally shot inside a Walmart located in Huntersville, North Carolina.

A Walmart store is seen in Landover, Maryland, December 31, 2014. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images