Police: Man accidentally shoots girlfriend while cleaning gun

PUYALLUP, Wash. — Puyallup police say a 22-year-old woman was shot in the abdomen as her boyfriend prepared to clean his gun.

The woman's grandmother called the police Friday night to report that her granddaughter had been accidently shot.

The 21-year-old man told police that he was getting ready to clean a semi-automatic pistol when it went off. The woman was shot in the abdomen and taken to Tacoma General Hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries.

Police say the man was extremely distraught and is cooperating with their investigation.