A Louisiana man is recovering from accidentally shooting himself while showing his girlfriend how to handle a pistol.

Leon Jeffers, 21, of Alexandria, La., told investigators he forgot he had just reloaded the gun, and squeezed the trigger while putting the gun into the driver's door panel, city police said. The bullet went through his inner left thigh.

Police say Jeffers repeatedly told investigators he was ex-military and knows how to handle a gun, and was very embarrassed by the incident.

It occurred Saturday evening in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant.