Man in Mexico Accidentally Shoots, Kills Himself While Taking a Selfie

August 4 2014
by GSL Staff
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The whole selfie craze (where social media users take photos of themselves) has officially reached lethal heights.

According to media reports, a man in Mexico accidentally shot himself while attempting to take a selfie with a firearm.

From The Telegraph,

Mr Otero Aguilar was discovered with a gunshot wound to the head, and succumbed to his injuries while being taken to hospital by ambulance. An autopsy has been scheduled.

Campos Vives, who was arrested at the apartment, told police Mr Otero Aguiar had been playing around with the borrowed gun and decided to take a selfie without realising it was loaded. Police are now seeking El Paco, who fled when they arrived.

The Ministry of Public Security told Proceso Mr Otero Aguilar’s death appeared to be an accident, with the “selfie” due to be posted to Facebook.

It’s currently unknown what type of firearm was involved in the incident or how it became pointed at Aguilar during the photo.

Alcohol is believed to have played a role in the incident.

While firearm photography is popular, it’s always important to remember the four rules of firearms safety:

1. All guns are always loaded.
2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

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