Teen Dies While Playing Russian Roulette in Torrance: Sheriff’s Department

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A 17-year-old died after shooting himself in the head while playing a game of Russian roulette in a Torrance apartment, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said Monday.

The potentially fatal game is typically played when a group of people place a single bullet in a gun’s chamber, then pull the trigger while pointing it at themselves one time each until someone is shot.

The shooting was reported around midnight in the 900 block of West Carson Street (map), sheriff’s officials said.

Eight other people were inside the apartment when the teenager — identified by family and friends as “Jerry” — pulled out the gun, Sheriff’s Detective Scott Hoglund said.

“He was with a few cousins and they were pleading with him to put the gun down and stop playing. He did not listen and take the advise of his cousins, and continued playing the game,” Hoglund said.

At least two of the people present were minors, a Sheriff’s Department news release stated.

The teenager shot himself once in the head and was taken to a UCLA hospital located across the street from the apartment. He was pronounced dead at the facility, officials said.

No one had been detained in connection to the shooting as of Monday morning.

“As far as where he got the gun from, we don’t know at this point,” Hoglund said.

The .38-caliber special revolver used was recovered at the scene, the news release stated.

The teenager lived with his older brother and the brother’s wife. It was unclear where they were during the incident or if the gun’s owner would face charges.

His death was ruled to be an accident, the release stated.

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