A man claiming to be a “patriot” planned to counter-protest during an anti-fascism rally that never existed at Gettysburg National Military Park somehow shot himself with an old gun he was carrying.
Fox43 reported that Benjamin Hornberger, 23, came to the park to disrupt a rumored “anti-fa” rally when his gun suddenly went off and shot a bullet into his thigh.
A spokesperson for the national park said that Hornberger was in a public area, unlike other groups who have protested before in fenced off areas.
Park officials quickly arrived and gave the young Peennsylvanian some medical help and applied a tourniquet before the ambulance arrived.
“It looks like he’ll be OK,” said U.S. Park Police spokeswoman Sgt. Anna Rose.
“It was apparently an old gun, not in good working order,” Lawhon, a spokesperson for the national park, explained.