Woman Snapping Selfie Shoots Self in Head
Russian police are investigating how she got the handgun
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2015 2:00 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A Russian woman posing for a selfie with (what else?) a loaded gun pointed at her head accidentally pulled the trigger and shot herself in the temple, reports AFP via the Hindustan Times. The 21-year-old office worker was apparently using a 9mm handgun that a security guard had left behind. The story, which originated with Russian news agencies quoting police, adds that she pulled the trigger at work in Moscow on Thursday and was in "serious condition" the next day (although RT.com reports that she's in critical condition and wounded herself by firing a bullet that ricocheted off a wall and hit her in the head).

Now police are investigating how the woman was able to get the guard's gun; a police spokesman says the guard left the weapon there two weeks earlier and went away on holiday. "I'm not going to say this has to stop," writes Chris Matyszczyk at CNET. "For the simple reason that it won't. ... People will try and take ever more 'creative' selfies and things will go wrong." Examples abound, including a teen atop a train and a crashed airplane pilot and passenger who all died after snapping selfies. On the lighter side, a senator went "whole hog to get a pig selfie."