Showing pistol to woman, Navy SEAL shoots self in head with gun believed unloaded (video).

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Police said a Navy SEAL is on life support after accidentally shooting himself in the head with what he thought was an unloaded gun.

CBS Affiliate KFMB reports that the unnamed 22-year-old was gravely wounded early Thursday at his Pacific Beach home while trying to convince a female companion that the pistol he was showing off was safe to handle.

The shooting left the sailor on life support at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, according to San Diego police. Authorities initially reported that the man had died.

The serviceman, who had been drinking with a woman at a bar before they returned to his residence, was showing her his 9mm handgun when the accident occurred, San Diego Police Officer Frank Cali told KFMB.

The man (who mistakenly believed the gun was unloaded) offered to let his friend hold the weapon, according to Cali. When she declined, he tried to demonstrate how safe it was by putting it to his head and pulling the trigger.

Source: CBS News

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  • Joe in Missouri

    What kind of training did this marine NOT get?

  • Rule #1 – All guns are always loaded
    Rule #2 – Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy
    Rule #3 – Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target and you are ready to fire
    Rule #4 – Be sure of your target, as well as the surroundings and beyond

    All 4 gun safety rules were broken. Had he even remembered one of these rules, this negligent discharge would have been avoided.

  • Bart Berger

    Booze and guns never mix!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I grew up with guns in the home. First lesson….never never never aim a gun (even unloaded) at anyone or yourself. There is always a chance for one in the chamber. This is just a tragedy.

  • PostAmerica

    Basic gun safety.

  • Lelo Jimenez

    My heart goes out to this sailor’s family. I think though, that this just reaffirms that a firearm can’t hurt someone without someone behind it operating and in control of it. Carelessness happens!!

  • A wise man

    Treat, Never, Keep, Keep. Four easy steps. That and drinking and guns don’t mix, too bad for him, threw away a golden opportunity.

  • Sanchez

    My condolenses to his family, friends and team.
    That being said, accidents don’t happen, people do. Just goes to show you that an enemy combatent is not necessary, Booze, Broads, Ego and studity is all that is needed….