why da safety off?

French police sniper shoots two in error at Hollande speech
BBC, Feb 28 2017

A French police sniper has accidentally shot and injured two people during a speech by President Francois Hollande in western France. The shot was fired as the officer moved position on a roof about 100m from a tent where Mr Hollande was speaking in the town of Villognon. The bullet went through the canvas of the tent, where drinks were being made. It passed through a waiter’s thigh and lodged in another person’s calf. The injuries were not life-threatening. Hollande was inaugurating a new stretch of railway when a gunshot was heard. He interrupted his speech for a few moments but reports say there was no panic. Hollande said:

I hope it’s nothing serious! I think not!

Hollande paused his address to ask whether anyone had been hurt. He later visited the injured, the head waiter of a local hotel, and an employee of a railway maintenance company. One local report said the safety catch of the sniper’s weapon had been unlocked, allowing the gun to be discharged accidentally. Local government chief Pierre N’Gahane said a judicial investigation had been launched. Asked if the officer had fired accidentally, he was quoted by AP as saying: “Yes, without doubt.” The marksman is based with a special protection unit in nearby Poitiers, officials said.

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