A 48-year-old Glendale man accidentally shot his wife in her upper torso Wednesday while he was getting ready to clear the barrel of a handgun for safety concerns, police said.

The man’s wife, whose name wasn’t released, was in stable condition at Huntington Memorial Hospital, where she is being treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her shoulder, Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot said.

The woman’s husband was “very distraught” over the shooting, which detectives have preliminarily determined to be accidental, she said.

The man’s 43-year-old wife was standing in the kitchen about 5:30 p.m. while he was seated on a couch in their home in the 2600 block of Sleepy Hollow Drive in Glendale.

The woman’s husband opened a case, which contained a .22 caliber handgun that belonged to her brother, who was moving out of their home, she said.

He was going to clear the gun for safety reasons when it suddenly discharged and struck his wife, Lightfoot added.

The bullet missed several vital organs and reportedly struck her scapula.

While detectives have initially ruled the shooting to be accidental, they will plan to ask the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office to review the incident, Lightfoot said.

In a separate incident in nearby Highland Park, a bullet reportedly from celebratory New Year’s Day gunfire struck a man just after midnight Wednesday in the 6800 block of North Figueroa Street, according to Los Angeles Times reports.

The man reportedly suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

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