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Around 1:15 AM on Wednesday, a Philadelphia teen was webcam chatting when his manhood was called into question. Then, he picked up his older brother’s gun, believing it to be unloaded, and held it to his head. Tragically, when he pulled the trigger, he shot himself in the head.
East Detectives Captain John Gallagher told the Philadelphia Inquirer, “His manhood or his ego was challenged and he said something along the lines of ‘I’ll show you.’ He thought he was clowning around, trying to shock the other party on the Internet site.”
The gun ended up being loaded and the 18-year-old shot himself with his two brothers in the room. The police report that the teen was taken to Temple University Hospital and is brain dead.
The police do not believe that a suicide attempt is indicated and are considering the incident a terrible accident. They are in the process of identifying the individual on the other side of the web chat.
The teen’s older brother is reported to be 22-years-old. According to police, the brother had purchased the 9mm handgun a month ago. The brother believed that it was unloaded as well.
ABC 6 in Philadelphia reports that the police will not be seeking charges against the brothers.
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