Milton rallies around McMahon family

An accident during a tactical training game has paralyzed a Milton man.

Darin McMahon, 46, and his brother, Sean, 49, are co-owners of Activ Pest Control in Lewes. Both participate in tactical shooting drills as a hobby.

“It’s something Darin and I and a group of guys from high school do,” Sean McMahon said. “It’s purely recreational.”

Sean was with Darin September 15 at Threat Assessment & Tactical Solutions Group in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania,  a drill run by Rockwell Tactical Group, a group they had trained with before.

According to a Facebook post, Rockwell Tactical rented out the location for a private function and was using their own equipment and staff.

“We use firearms that are modified to shoot chalk markers, not live ammo,” Sean said.

Police have not commented on how it happened, but somehow, the unthinkable happened. Darin was shot in the neck with a bullet. He was transported by helicopter to a hospital.

Police said it appears accidental, but they are actively investigating.

“The prognosis right now is paralysis from the neck down,” Sean said. “The surgeon indicated he may have some control in his shoulders or arms, but most likely not hands or anything below that. We are hopeful.”

Darin is in stable condition. He is sedated and on a ventilator, but according to Sean, he is responding to questions with slight nods.

Darin’s wife, Tiffany McMahon, is a teacher at Rehoboth Elementary School. The couple has two children, Sage, seven, and Cohen, five.

Sean’s wife, Kathy, set up a GoFundMe for her brother-in-law’s family to go toward Tiffany’s travel expenses (to and from the hospital), medical expenses and home modifications.

The community has been generous. By Sept. 24, almost $70,000 had been raised.

“Darin is very well known and liked in the community. There are a million local business people, and people up and down the east coast, that have contributed not only to the GoFundMe but that are offering building services and things of that nature,” Sean said. “I, personally, am overwhelmed.”