19-year-old fatally shoots self as he takes selfie with pistol

A teenager in the US state of Texas has died after he fatally shot himself as he posed for a selfie with a gun.

Family members have identified the man to local news website as Deleon Alonso Smith.

Smith was taking photographs with a gun at an apartment in southwest Houston at around 1:30pm on Tuesday when the firearm accidentally went off, police have said.

The teenager died after the bullet pierced into his throat.

Smith’s cousin was in another room when the gun fired, according to investigators.

The father-of-two was due to start college on Wednesday, according to his family

Alma Douglas, the victim’s grandmother, said she saw her grandson on Monday as she celebrated her birthday.

“It’s a numb feeling. It’s still unbelievable,” she said.

No charges have been filed, as police attempt to pinpoint the origin of the gun.

The tragic incident comes after a Mexican man fatally shot himself by mistake as he posed for a selfie last August.

Oscar Otero Aguilar, 21, a vet, pointed the loaded gun at his face, and accidentally pulled the trigger, according to police. He died shortly after police officers arrived on the scene.

As Reported by the Independent

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