Salina Man Survives Shooting Himself in the Head

By: AP
By: AP

SALINA, Kan. (AP) _ Shannon D. Austin avoided serious injury when the .22-caliber
revolver discharged a bullet above one of his eyes Sunday morning,
said Salina Police Deputy Chief Carson Mansfield.

The shooting occurred when Austin's neighbor, Michael Urich,
stopped by to tell him he had been in a fight at a local bar,
police said. Austin fired the revolver _ which he thought did not
contain any bullets _ several times in the air in a show of support
for Urich.

Urich told Austin to stop, but Austin then turned the gun toward
his head and pulled the trigger.

The bullet hit Austin's skull above an eye, but didn't penetrate
the bone.

Austin was treated at a local hospital, where police ticketed
him for shooting a firearm within city limits.

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