An Israeli military commander accidentally shot Tuesday evening a soldier in the head at close range, seriously wounding him.
A preliminary inquiry conducted by the unit found that the commander fired a 22-caliber Ruger rifle, usually used during riots, at the soldier. The soldier was taken from his base in the Jordan Valley area of the West Bank to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem.
A military police investigation has found that the unit was training at a shooting range prior to its deployment to the Gaza border when the incident took place. After completing their training exercise, the unit returned to the base when one of the commanders fired his gun, striking another soldier in the head.
The military police are investigating the chain of events that led to the stray bullet being fired, particularly whether the weapon was unloaded at the end of the exercise as required, whether the soldiers were playing with the gun and whether the commander aimed the gun at the soldier’s head.