A 19 year-old man shot and killed himself Tuesday in Houston while trying to take selfies, according to police.
KPRC reports that Deleon Alonso Smith was taking pictures with a gun he and his cousin had found earlier in the day when the gun went off, shooting the teen in the throat and killing him. Police told the station that Smith believed the gun was not loaded.
Family members were shocked and in disbelief.
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Smith’s sister said he was supposed to begin community college on Wednesday.
“It’s the worst feeling in my life,” Eric Douglas, the victim’s uncle, said.
“It’s a numb feeling. It’s still unbelievable,” Smith’s grandmother, Alma Douglas, told the station. “Yesterday was my birthday and he came to wish me happy birthday, and then to hear this kind of news.”
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Police are investigating who the owner of the gun is.
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