( 4UMF NEWS ) Teen Dies Playing Russian Roulette:
A Florida teenager died Sunday after shooting himself in the head during a game of Russian roulette.
Thorin Montgomery was the first of his friends to take a turn at the deadly game when the .38-caliber revolver discharged Friday evening, according to Bay 9 News.
The 17-year-old was rushed to St. Petersburg’s Bayfront Medical Center where he died two days later.
Montgomery was reportedly playing with three friends, ages 19, 18 and 16, on the back porch of his home. An unidentified neighbor who was outside Montgomery’s home when paramedics arrived said that the scene was “crazy.”
Thorin was the first of his friends to have a turn when the gun fired, shooting him in the head.
“I’m shocked to find out they’re stupid enough to play that game,” the neighbor told 10 News. “Kids nowadays, with them playing with guns the way they do, there’s no reason for that.”
Russian roulette is a dangerous game of chance in which players put a single bullet in a revolver, spin the cyclinder, hold the muzzle up to their heads and pull the trigger.
It is unclear how many people die from Russian Roulette each year. A 2011 study by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Louisville, Kentucky suggests that most victims of the deadly game are males below the age of 30 who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Authorities are investigating how Montgomery and his friend came to be in possession of the gun.
No charges have been filed so far in the case.