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Man Taking Selfies With a Gun Fatally Shoots Self in Face

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By    |   Thursday, 03 Mar 2016 10:30 AM

A man reportedly taking selfies with a gun he thought was unloaded fatally shot himself in the face, making him about the 50th person in two years to die while trying to take pictures of themselves.

Skagit County Sheriff's Office patrol chief Chad Clark told the Skagit Valley Herald that the man and a woman from Concrete, Washington, whose names weren't released, were taking photos with the gun when the accident happened.

The 43-year-old man had removed the bullets from the gun when they were using it to take pictures earlier in the day, and then reloaded it. 

The website Priceonomics said its search of news archives on selfie-related deaths found that 49 people had died while trying to take a picture of themselves since 2014. The average age of those killed was 21 and three-quarters were men.

"Though women take significantly more selfies than men, 36 of the 49 selfie-related fatality victims were male," said Priceonomics. "Studies have proven that men are two times more likely to take recreational risks than women are, even when it comes to selfies."

Jesse Fox, an assistant professor of communications at Ohio State University, told Reuters last year that selfies tend to attract people who are really predisposed to take risk and test the boundaries of normal behavior.

"You don't care about the tourist attraction you're destroying; you don't care about annoying people in your social media feed," Fox said. "You're not even thinking about the consequences of your actions, so who cares if you're dangling off the side of the Eiffel Tower?"

Conde Nast Traveler updated a story in February that it published earlier, noting there were more people killed in selfie-related accidents in 2015 (10) than they were in confirmed shark attack deaths (5).

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