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article imageFlorida man critical after playing Russian Roulette

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By Larry Clifton     Oct 8, 2012 in Crime
Saint Petersburg - Early Saturday, a St. Petersburg man lost a game of Russian Roulette, shooting himself in the head with a .44-caliber handgun according to police.
Police went to 1110 32nd Ave. N to respond to a call about a person being shot. However, no one answered. The officers did discover a blood trail originating inside the home and leading outside, according to a Tampa Bay Times report.
Officers also found marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside, said St. Petersburg Police spokesman Michael Puetz, as quoted by the Times.
Minutes into their investigation, police at the scene were told that a man was taken from the scene to St. Anthony's Hospital with one bullet wound to the head.
The critically injured man was identified as Donnie McLendon, 26, who was later transported to Tampa General Hospital.
Two other men who had been at the house, Daniel McKee, 22, and Thomas Rady, 29, were interviewed by police at the hospital. Police say, according to the witnesses, the three men were “drinking and smoking marijuana while playing a game of Russian Roulette” when McLendon shot himself in the head after Rady took his turn.
Police say McKee provided the gun and a single bullet for the game. The men, along with a woman who was asleep in a bedroom, when the shooting occurred, carried McLendon out of the house and drove him to the hospital, according to police.
Police recovered the gun and a casing from McKee’s vehicle; however no charges were filed as of Monday morning, however an investigation is ongoing.
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