Baseball star Jose Canseco hurt in accidental shooting

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police confirms former baseball star Jose Canseco was hurt in an accidental shooting Tuesday afternoon at his house on the far eastside of the Las Vegas valley.

According to police, the former player accidentally shot himself in the left hand while he was cleaning his .45 caliber handgun. He was taken to University Medical Center.

Neighbors heard the commotion at around 3 p.m.

"I just heard some sirens and I walked outside, saw a couple of ambulances and then cops started coming in." neighbor Taven Swain said.

There is no word on the seriousness of the injury but he did have to go through surgery. His girlfriend has said through Canseco's Twitter account that doctors are hoping to save his finger from amputation.

Canseco was a hitting star in the 80s and played for several teams, including the Oakland A's and the Texas Rangers. He retired from baseball in 2001. In 2005, he admitted he used performance-enhancing drugs during much of his career.

He has been arrested six times for aggravated battery and other offenses. Just last year, he was accused of rape. He vigorously defended himself on social media and was later cleared of the crime.


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