Gun­fire in­stead of shut­ter click for Snapchat­ter

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

A WOMAN in the US state of Florida tried to Snapchat a video of her­self hold­ing a gun but in­stead ac­ci­den­tally shot her cell­phone, in­jur­ing her right hand, au­thor­i­ties said.

Regina Pow­ell, 22, said she was “fool­ishly play­ing” with the .40 cal­iber semi-au­to­matic hand­gun, try­ing to make a Snapchat video, when it went off, the Vo­lu­sia county sher­iff’s of­fice said. The bul­let de­stroyed her cell­phone and in­jured her thumb and in­dex fin­ger. Her Snap did not send.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred on July 31 in Del­tona, Florida. Po­lice were still looking for the gun, which the woman’s aunt tossed out of her car win­dow as she drove Pow­ell to the hospi­tal.

Ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, 586 peo­ple were killed last year in ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing firearms. The right to bear arms is pro­tected un­der the sec­ond amend­ment of the US Con­sti­tu­tion.

This is not the first time Snapchat has led to bod­ily harm: in June, a teenager us­ing the app’s speed fil­ter caused a col­li­sion.

At im­pact, she was travelling 107 mph, fast enough to cause brain dam­age to the other driver in­volved in the crash. The 19-year-old Snapchat­ter faces crim­i­nal charges, and Snapchat it­self has been im­pli­cated in the en­su­ing law­suit.

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