Lincoln City Police responded to a report of a gun going off at McKay’s Market on SW 101. The gun belonged to a man standing in the check-out line. Police say Nicholas Ellingford of Lincoln City was standing in line when the gun went off – the bullet entering his groin and exiting his leg. Police say Ellingford pulled the gun out to show it to a friend who was with him. Police say Elllingford accidentally pulled the trigger and the gun went off.
Lincoln City Police quickly arrived on scene and immediately launched first aid to slow the bleeding. A Pac-West Ambulance crew pulled up within a few minutes and took over. They rushed him to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital whereafter he was quickly transferred to a Life Flight Air Ambulance and soon was headed to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.
When Ellingford gets out of the hospital he will have to explain to a judge why he had a concealed weapon and no gun permit. He’s also likely to be charged with reckless endangerment to others who were standing in the same check-out line.
Police officers are requesting that if anyone was a witness to the incident to please call Lincoln City Police and ask to talk with Office Jayne Johnson at 541.994.3636.