Gunfire instead of shutter click for Snapchatter
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.