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Drunken teen killed by own ricocheted gunshot in southern Texas
Published June 13, 2012
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MCALLEN, Texas - A drunk 17-year-old died in southern Texas after a bullet he shot at a butane tank ricocheted back and hit him in the head.

Israel Torres fired the shot with a semi-automatic handgun in the backyard of a home near McAllen, Texas, shortly before 11:30pm Monday night, The Monitor reported.

"It was just an accident under the influence of alcohol," Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said Tuesday.

Trevino said deputies found Torres' father and his two sons had been drinking heavily prior to the incident.

"All three are pretty drunk when someone pulls a .380-caliber, semi-automatic [handgun] and shoots it into the backyard," Trevino said. "The 17-year-old gets it and tells his girlfriend, 'Here, look, pull the trigger.'"

When the teen's girlfriend refused to handle the gun, Torres pulled out the gun's clip and turned to a butane tank, the Monitor reported.

"He fires one time and shoots himself in the head," Trevino said, adding that Torres' family was living in the U.S. illegally.

Deputies are investigating whether the father bore any criminal responsibility in the death of his son.

McAllen is located 250 miles south of San Antonio, near the Mexican border.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/06/13/drunken-teen-killed-by-own-ricocheted-gunshot-in-southern-texas/?intcmp=trending#ixzz1xfVPAdMc
 

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I'm familiar with propane tanks but I don't know what butane storage tanks are like (besides the little ones used with camping stoves and lanterns). He must have earnestly believed that the .380 would penetrate the tank. Still, bad luck taking a comebacker right in the noggin. Ricochets don't usually have enough energy to be fatal.
 

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Mad Russian said:
Darwin rules!
first thing that came to my mind also
 

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It said they were living here illegally.....where did the firearm come from? Also illegal?  A 17 year old drunk with his father? Illegal also, isn't it?  But I'm sure the gun will get the blame.
 

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That must have been a propane tank rather than butane. Propane tanksd are so tough that you can barely flatten the steel out with a 25lb sledge (BTDT), it's about 1/8" thick but incredibly tough. A .223 will go through one, but I think a 380 ACP or 9MM will bounce.

To the kid's credit, he had to hit the cylinder EXACTLY dead center in order to catch the bullet in the noggin, no mean feat with a .380 SNS when you are drunk off your butt. I wonder if he said "Hold my cervaza por uno momento, por favor!"
 

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As tragic as this is, this kid did succeed in bettering the gene pool ... even just a little bit.

Hopefully, the girlfriend isn't expecting a little El Stupido !
 

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As the saying goes, Darwin kicks in whenever you might hear: "Hey man, WATCH THIS!"
To recap, an illegal alien,(illegal), with a firearm, (illegal), an intoxicated underage kid,(illegal) and the sheriff is looking to see if there is
any criminal responsibility with what happened? :wtf
Stupid is as stupid does.
 

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knightofsuffolk said:
As the saying goes, Darwin kicks in whenever you might hear: "Hey man, WATCH THIS!"
To recap, an illegal alien,(illegal), with a firearm, (illegal), an intoxicated underage kid,(illegal) and the sheriff is looking to see if there is
any criminal responsibility with what happened? :wtf
Stupid is as stupid does.
Beat me to it...
 

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How many times have I seen it on this site?:

"Play stupid games, win stupid prizes."

Fuel tank: 1
Stupid, drunk, deceased teenager: 0
 

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joe shmoe said:
It said they were living here illegally.....where did the firearm come from? Also illegal? A 17 year old drunk with his father? Illegal also, isn't it? But I'm sure the gun will get the blame.
how on earth did you manage to pick all that up?!? you are a freaking genius ! :B i bow in your presence
 

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CoOZzy said:
how on earth did you manage to pick all that up?!? you are a freaking genius ! :B i bow in your presence
The article reported that the entire family was here illegally. Being 17 makes it illegal for him to own a gun. So, that's how he managed to pick that all up.

How'd you come to your sarcastic conclusion ??
 
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