Dozens of self-described “patriots” came to the Gettysburg battlefield national park after rumors that Antifa, an anti-fascist group, would be there. Antifa has strongly pushed back on claims they encouraged members to crash events at Gettysburg.
Now 23 year old Benjamin Hornberger of Shippensburg, one of the ’patriots’, accidentally shot himself in the leg. This happened when he accidently triggered the revolver, which was inside a leg holster, as he temporarily rested the bottom of his flag pole against the holster, according to witnesses.
Park police were nearby when the shooting occurred and officers quickly applied a tourniquet that may have saved the man’s life, said Sgt. Anna Rose, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Park Police.
He was taken to a local hospital and is expected to be OK, Katie Lawhon, a spokeswoman for Gettysburg National Military Park confirmed.
Dozens of self-described Patriots came to the park about noon Saturday after hearing rumors that Antifa protesters might crash the park’s events and try to desecrate memorials. Members of Antifa caused a ruckus in Harrisburg recently at an Anti-Sharia rally and one member was arrested for swinging a wooden pole with a nail attached at a police horse.
Gettysburg battlefield: How armed 'patriot' accidentally shot self in leg.
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The demonstrations were situated in a different part of the park than the reenactments Saturday.
The Gettysburg Battlefield is the area of the July 1–3, 1863, military engagements of the Battle of Gettysburg within and around the borough of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Locations of military engagements extend from the 4-acre (1.6 ha) site of the first shot at Knoxlyn Ridge on the west of the borough, to East Cavalry Field on the east. A military engagement prior to the battle was conducted at the Gettysburg Railroad trestle over Rock Creek, which was burned on June 27. The Gettysburg battlefield is situated in the Gettysburg-Newark Basin of the Pennsylvania Piedmont entirely within the Potomac River Watershed near the Marsh and Rock creeks’ triple point.