Monday, March 22, 2010

Man shot in head as game of Russian roulette ends badly at wedding

March 23, 2010

A wedding guest put a gun he thought was empty to his head and fired it / File
A WEDDING guest was arrested after a man was seriously wounded playing Russian roulette in front of a horrified bride and groom.

The guest was giving a toast at the wedding in Astrakhan, Russia, when he pretended he was playing the deadly game, holding a gun against his head and firing the weapon he supposedly thought was empty.

When he gave the gun to another guest, it turned out he had been tragically wrong.

The second guest fired the handgun against his head and dropped to ground as a rubber bullet exploded into his skull.

In a video clip of the Russian roulette wedding incident posted on the web, the first guest can be seen standing in shock for a split second after the shot is fired.

A TV report shows scenes of panic as the man falls to the ground and someone shouts, "Are you mad?"

The second guest's condition was later described as "very poor" after doctors removed the bullet from his skull.

The man has reportedly suffered brain damage and paralysis.

The first guest, who produced the handgun at the wedding, was arrested.

"I wanted to perform my party trick," he said.

"I expected lots of applause after I did it and never guess someone would repeat it."

He insisted he had taken out all the bullets before doing his party "trick".

Police said the man is due to appear in court over the incident.

Russian roulette was thought to have originated in Tsarist Russia when prison officials would force inmates to play while betting on who would die.

Years later, during the Russian Revolution, officers would play the game in front of comrades.

Some were suicidal. Others, perhaps like the victim in this case, just wanted to prove their bravery.


Wedding guest shoots himself in head playing Russian Roulette


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