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Retired Willmar businessman shot in finger during mishap

WILLMAR -- Willmar police investigated an accidental shooting incident Tuesday afternoon in which a retired Willmar businessman injured his left index finger.

Police said Walter Gislason, 75, of Willmar, was handling a .380-caliber handgun owned by Bruce Gomm, 43, of New London. The two men were in the parking lot at Persepolis restaurant in Willmar when the gun discharged, striking Gislason in the finger.

Police investigated after being called at 1:18 p.m. Tuesday to the emergency room at Rice Memorial Hospital.

Police Chief David Wyffels said Gomm removed the clip but one round apparently remained in the chamber. Wyffels said the shooting was accidental and embarrassing, but the injury could have been more serious.

Gomm is the general manager of Willmar Municipal Utilities.

Gislason is now retired after many years as a businessman. In 2009 he sold his landmark business on First Street, Walt's. It still operates as a gas station, convenience store, car wash and oil change business. He could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.

David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
(320) 235-1150
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