published Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Philadelphia Police: Teen accidentally shot self in webcam chat

PHILADELPHIA — Investigators say a Philadelphia teen who accidentally shot himself in the head was handling the gun after his manhood was challenged by another person during a webcam chat.

Capt. John Gallagher says the 18-year-old was in an online chat early Wednesday when he shot himself with a gun he apparently believed was not loaded.

The Philadelphia Daily News reports the teen remained hospitalized in extremely critical condition.

Investigators say they’re still trying to find out who the teen was chatting with when he was wounded. They want to find out if the exchange was recorded.

Gallagher says the teen’s two brothers were asleep in the room at the time. Police haven’t released his name.

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