The bullet left the vintage pistol went through Aryean Vermunt’s shoulder, exited and became lodged in the side of the cabin.
Vermunt was the victim of an accidental shooting Monday at Pahaska Teepee Resort, 2.3 miles outside of the Yellowstone East Entrance. His bleeding was under control by the time medics reached the scene.
Lance Mathess, Park County Sheriff’s Office public affairs officer, said Vermunt, a Pahaska employee, was transported by ambulance to West Park Hospital and then transferred across state lines to the Billings Clinic where his condition is currently unknown.
Emergency responders first received report of the accidental shooting around 2:10 p.m. Monday, according to the Sheriff’s Office investigation, it was determined Vermunt, 24, had been shot with a vintage World War II Tokarev pistol.
When fellow Pahaska employee Cal Clark, 59, of Thermopolis set his small backpack down on the porch of an employee building, the Russian semi-automatic pistol discharged, entering Vermunt’s right shoulder and then travelling on.
A sheriff’s deputy was immediately dispatched to the scene. No citations were issued from the incident.
Clark had just completed a long bike ride, when he stepped around Vermunt and “let his backpack fall off his shoulders” landing on the porch and causing the Tokarev to fire through the fabric of the side of the camouflaged colored backpack. Statements from witnesses corroborated Clark’s account of events.
A nurse who happened to be visiting the resort rendered first aid to Vermunt, who also received assistance from another Pahaska employee.
Mathess said the Tokarev has a propensity to accidentally discharge, especially when dropped.
Rob Coe, who runs Pahaska Teepee said Vermunt was expected to be able to return to work within the next two weeks and was excited to get back.