Re: please be carefull
Oh man, that is not good to hear at all. I will be hoping for a speedy recovery, Loridr.
I believe your bow does not have a anti dry fire device but has a auto safety if the bow is cocked correctly. Bow should have automatically gone to safe when cocked. I cannot explain why it fired. I suspect that the draw was short stroked and the trigger and safety not fully engaged?
Whatever the cause I would be very leary about shooting it again without a thorough checkup at a reputable crossbow dealer.
Also, most are aware of keeping the thumbs below the rail when shooting. Another tip is when loading arrows, load the arrow by only grabbing the front of the shaft, just ahead of the tip, from above with your index finger and thumb and push the arrow back towards the string latch. This technique keeps your fingers above and in front of the string.
Many folks grab the arrow in front of the fletching and load which places your digits in the path of the string if the bow fires.
I support all hunters, regardless of weapon or technique!