Man shot by own booby trap while trying to feed squirrels

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CLEVELAND COUNTY, NC (NBC News) – A North Carolina man suffered a severe arm injury after getting shot by his own booby trap.

Authorities say 68-year-old Edwin Smith was caught in his own trap Monday morning.

Police said his back door was rigged with a shotgun. When he opened the door to feed some squirrels, the gun discharged, striking his right arm.

During his 911 call, Smith repeatedly said how fearful he was of losing his life to the gunshot wound.

“I have a tripwire and I opened up the door and the trip wire went off and blew my arm off. I’m gonna die! I’m in the driveway. I’m gonna die. Tell everybody I love them, okay?” said Smith.

Deputies said the shotgun was just one of several traps set around the home.

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