Friday 30 September 2016

Teenager dies after he accidentally shot himself in the head while trying to take a selfie

Published 02/05/2016 | 11:39

Police (Stock photo)
Police (Stock photo)

A teenager in India has died after he accidentally shot himself in the head while trying to take a selfie.

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Ramandeep Singh (15) was rushed to hospital at Pathankot in India when he shot himself with his father's gun, police said.

The incident happened when the teenager was playing with the licensed gun, which is normally stowed in a wardrobe at home, according to deputy police superintendent Manoj Kumar.

“The boy's father and family said that he was trying to take a selfie with his gun," he said.

"We think that part of the blame obviously goes to the father for not keeping his loaded gun under lock and key at their home."

Tragically, the teenager later died of his injuries.

Police in Mumbai began an awareness campaign about dangerous selfies, after they identified 16 dangerous selfie spots in the city.

A man drowned trying to save a girl who fell into the sea while snapping one, and police requested the local council to put up warning signs and deploy lifeguards.

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