A man, appearing to be in his early 20s, shot himself just above the ankle Friday evening in a possible accident on Pink Rock Road and was taken away with a potential limb threatening situation, a Lake Havasu Fire Department official said.

Fire Department officials received the call of a man shooting his foot out in the desert off of Paso De Oro Drive at about 5:15 p.m. Arriving on the scene, Battalion Chief Mike Quijada said he learned that the man, who was possibly a soldier on leave, had a 12-gauge shotgun pointed down at his side and the gun went off striking just above the left ankle.

The incident occurred while the man was about one-eighth of a mile from Paso De Oro Drive on Pink Rock Road in the desert, Quijada said. Another person heard the scream and the blast and helped treat the young man before help arrived, he said.

Fire department engine No. 4 responded to the scene along with River Medical. River Medical was seen transporting the man from the scene at about 5:45 p.m. to Havasu Regional Medical Center.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office has jurisdiction in the incident. No report or details on the incident were available from the sheriff’s office at press time Friday.

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