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Clumsy gunman shot below the belt

Published 09/08/2011 | 16:10

Guns can be dangerous, as one American discovered after accidentally shooting himself in a sensitive area
Guns can be dangerous, as one American discovered after accidentally shooting himself in a sensitive area

An American accidentally shot himself in the penis while putting a gun in the waistband of his trousers.

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Police in Phoenix, Arizona said 27-year-old Joshua Seto and his fiancee, Cara Christopher, were walking towards a grocery store when the shooting happened last week.

An emergency operator told Ms Christopher to apply direct pressure to the wound with a dry towel or T-shirt.

Detective Seth Tyler was unsure of the type of gun, or whether it had a safety that was off. He also said it was unclear if Mr Seto had been released from the hospital or suffered any permanent damage

In the wake of the shooting, Mr Tyler warned residents to use holsters, not waistbands, if they are going to carry a handgun.

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