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article imageJoshua Seto shoots himself in the penis with a pink handgun

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By Melissa Horrocks
Aug 16, 2012 in Health
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Chandler - Joshua Seto was borrowing his fiancee's small, pink pistol when he accidentally shot himself in the penis with it. The shot went through his penis and into his left thigh.
Joshua Seto was walking with Cara Christopher, to a convenience store in Chandler, last week when he started to stuff her gun in the front of his trousers and then, it fired, police said.
According to NY Daily News, the bullet from the pistol pierced 27 year old Seto's organ, went through his left thigh and caused blood to pour out immediately.
Christopher, 26, told dispatchers, "He is still conscious, there is just a lot of blood,"
One of them advised Christopher to apply direct pressure to the wound using a dry towel or T-shirt and not to look at the injury. However, Christopher had already looked at the wound and realized that it was really bad.
Seto was taken to the hospital, but later released. It is unknown if any serious damage was caused and police are still unsure whether to press charges.
Police said that the incident should act as a reminder of how dangerous guns can be. Gun owners should act responsibly and not try to stuff guns in their waistbands like television shows depict.
"Whenever you handle a firearm, whether you are a novice or experienced, always treat firearms as though they are loaded,"
Det. Seth Tyler of the Chandler PD said. "If you are going to carry a handgun on your person, use a holster, not your waistband."
The pink handgun fired directly through Seto's penis and into his left thigh. He was trying to impress Christopher by stuffing the gun in his pants as they approached Fry's Food Store. The accident occurred at around 7.30p.m on the 900 block of W. Elliot Road. When Christopher was first put through to paramedics she was asked if Seto needed assistance and she said "yes". Christopher explained that although Seto was coherent, he was bleeding very heavily.
Police are warning gun owners to wear holsters and not waistbands. Television shows such as, Sons of Anarchy are not realistic and show tough guys shoving guns into their jeans. Most of these tough guys use rubber weapons and not real ones, according to azcentral.com.
Police say that people should carry their guns or use holsters. Authorities are not sure whether the gun had safety that was off. It is also not clear whether Seto has left hospital or not. Detective Tyler said that the case is still open and it is not certain if Seto will have to face charges. It should act as a warning for gun owners to act more responsibly, reports Daily Mail.
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