Texas Teen Accidentially Kills Self While Taking Selfie With Gun

Suspected Charleston gunman Dylann Roof allegedly took this photo of a handgun and bullets.

HOUSTON (AP) — A 19-year-old Texas man is dead after police say he accidentally shot himself while posing for a selfie with a gun.

Deleon Alonso Smith died of a gunshot wound to the throat about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at an apartment in southwestern Houston.

Investigators say Smith had found a gun and was taking pictures of himself and a cousin holding the weapon and posting them to online when the gun discharged, killing Smith.

Investigators say the cousin was in another room when the gun fired.

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