Lompoc man dies after accidentally shooting himself

April 27, 2023


A 62-year-old Lompoc man died this week, days after he suffered what police have determined to be an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Shortly before 8:40 a.m. on April 17, Robert Kenner suffered a single gunshot wound to his right leg in the 400 block of W. Pine Avenue, according to the Lompoc Police Department. A helicopter airlifted Kenner to the hospital, where he received treatment for the life-threatening injury.

On Wednesday, police learned Kenner died of complications from his gunshot wound. Detectives determined Kenner had accidentally shot himself. 

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I will say it again because people need to know this and it will save peoples lives: if you have a handgun in your house, you are more likely to be shot dead, or a family member shot dead, than people who have no handguns in their homes. Some people don’t like hearing that and some people want to make sure that people don’t hear about that. I believe in upholding the second amendment and I don’t have to be a gun nut to feel that way. But I do think people should know the facts if they are going to prepare themselves, to use deadly force in a situation that is not likely to ever come about in their lifetime. Instead, they are more like to face the situation where the gun is used in a way that injures someone in that home. Do the research. think for yourself.

If you own firearms, smart thing to do is keep a tourniquet with your gear and learn how to use it.

Airlift to hospital? Isn’t there a hospital 2 miles from where he injured himself? An unfortunate incident to say the least .

Trauma center, not some podunk general care hospital.

There are, purposeful, shootings there now every other week. I think old Pondunk has seen one or two gunshot victims by now. If I am bleeding out I would be happy to be taken there.

Obviously, you don’t know the extent of the injury or the seriousness of it. That determination was made by the first responder’s and the urgent care that was needed for his injury. Some hospitals aren’t able to serve various traumatic injuries.

I know many first responders. They make life saving calls every day. They see and deal with things we will most likely never will have to deal with. You’re right, very unfortunate and sad for him and his family. It’s also unfortunate to question their life-saving care.