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Backyard drinking ends with teen shooting himself in the head, sheriff says

Correction: An earlier version of this story based on a report in The Monitor of McAllen, Texas, described the wound as occurring from a ricochet. But Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino told The Monitor that the 17-year-old victim aimed at a butane gas tank, then put the gun to his head and fired. 

Updated 5 p.m. E.T., June 15: A 17-year-old boy in south Texas died after firing a single shot to his head, the Monitor in McAllen, Texas, reported. 

Israel Torres, along with his father and brother had been in the backyard of a home in McAllen, and all three had been drinking prior to the incident, authorities said.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said Torres fired the shot with a handgun after trying to persuade his girlfriend to to take a shot, the paper reported. 


"All three are pretty drunk when someone pulls a .380-caliber, semi-automatic and shoots it into the backyard," Trevino told reporters. "The 17-year-old gets it and tells his girlfriend, here, look, pull the trigger."

When she refused, Torres pulled out the gun's magazine and aimed at a butane gas tank, then pointed the gun at his head, the paper reported.

 "He fires one time and shoots himself in the head," Trevino told The Monitor. 

Investigators didn't find any reason to suspect foul play and haven't arrested anyone, but are looking into whether the father bears any criminal responsibility. 

The family has been in the U.S. illegally for at least several years, Trevino said.

McAllen is just a few miles from the border.

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