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Man shoots himself during Russian roulette in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — A man shot himself in the head with a .44-caliber handgun early Saturday during a game of Russian Roulette, police said.

Officers arrived at a house at 1110 32nd Ave. N after receiving a call about a person being shot. No one was home, but officers saw a trail of blood leading from inside the home to the outside. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also found inside, said St. Petersburg Police spokesman Michael Puetz.

Moments later, police were told a man was taken to St. Anthony's Hospital with one bullet wound to the head.

The wounded man was identified as Donnie McLendon, 26. He was later transferred to Tampa General Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

Two other men who had been at the house, Daniel McKee, 22, and Thomas Rady, 29, were at the hospital. They told police they had been drinking and smoking marijuana while playing a game of Russian Roulette.

McKee provided the gun and a single bullet for the game. After Rady's turn, McLendon played and shot himself.

The men, along with another woman who was sleeping in another room at the time of the shooting, carried McLendon out of the house and drove him to the hospital, police said.

The men initially told police a gunman entered the home to rob them and fired the gun, striking McLendon.

Rady first told detectives he bumped into the suspect, who then dropped the gun and left.

The gun was recovered by police, along with a casing found under the front seat of McKee's car.

No charges have been filed, Puetz said.

An investigation was under way Monday.

Man shoots himself during Russian roulette in St. Petersburg 10/08/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 8:42am]
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