Selfie With Loaded Gun Ends in Teen's Death

India is the selfie death capital
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2016 11:58 AM CDT
Selfie With Loaded Gun Ends in Teen's Death
Visitors use a selfie stick to take a photo of themselves in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

An Indian teen is dead after accidentally shooting himself in the head while taking a selfie as he posed with his father's handgun, the Telegraph reports. Ramandeep Singh, 15, "was clicking a selfie with a loaded gun at his house when the incident happened," the police superintendent of Pathankot, Punjab, tells the India Times. Per the Telegraph, Ramandeep was posing with his sister Friday night and accidentally pulled the licensed .32-caliber pistol's trigger instead of taking the photo; the safety wasn't on, reports Mashable. After neighbors alerted the teen's parents, he was rushed to a private hospital and died on Sunday.

There were 27 documented selfie-related fatalities in 2015, and about half of them happened in India. Residents and tourists in the country, for instance, died saying cheese in front of an approaching train, aboard a boat that capsized, and on a ledge that gave way, among other incidents. After two people drowned in the ocean during a selfie gone bad in January, police in Mumbai established 15 no-selfie zones, per the Times. (Read more India stories.)

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