Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Drunk German father shoots himself in front of family in Christmas Day Russian roulette
Last Updated: 12:21AM GMT 30 Dec 2008

A German family's Christmas celebrations were ruined when a drunk father killed himself while playing Russian roulette in front of them.

Ulrich Schmidt, a 52-year-old forestry worker from Cologne, drank too much schnapps at his family's holiday celebrations, police said.

After lunch, in a bid to entertain his family, he pulled out the .38 revolver he kept for work, to put injured animals out of their misery. As his horrified wife and children looked on, Mr Schmidt loaded a single bullet into one of the six chambers and spun the the cylinder of the gun.

Telling his children that he was going to play Russian roulette, he held the revolver to his head and then pulled the trigger.

Mr Schmidt collapsed in his chair as blood poured from his head. He was taken to hospital, where he died on Saturday.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Spiegel Online
Cologne Man Kills Himself at Russian Roulette

It was a drunken act of madness that went tragically wrong: An inebriated German man decided to play Russian roulette with a loaded revolver in front of his family at Christmas, and lost.

Evidently charades or board games weren't exciting enough. A 52-year-old man in Cologne who had drunk too much on Christmas Day last Thursday picked up his revolver, loaded one bullet into the barrel and spun it, declaring "Now we're going to play Russian roulette!"

His wife, children, other relatives and friends watched on as the man, named only as Ulrich S., pointed the gun at his temple. "We thought he was joking," a friend told Bild newspaper.

Friday, December 19, 2008 (TN)
Cleveland Officer Charged in Shooting Investigation
Submitted by WDEF on December 19, 2008 - 12:54pm

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has charged Officer Jonathan Hammons with perjury and filing a false report.

They are not saying much yet about the case.

But it involves one officer shooting another last month in a Russian Roulette kind of game.

Officers originally reported that Chris Mason was shot in the hand when a gun accidentally discharged.

But since an internal investigation into what really happened.. Two officers have been suspended and a third has resigned.

(NB. The editorial team does not under any circumstances add commentary to this web service but we do have to point out: cops.)

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22-year-old Houstonian killed in Russian roulette game
Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle
Dec. 7, 2008, 12:11AM

A 22-year-old man died after he was allegedly shot during a game of Russian roulette at a northwest Houston apartment early Saturday morning, authorities said.

Four men and one woman were in the 8700 block of Hammerly around midnight to celebrate a new apartment one of the men had just rented when the men decided to play Russian roulette, authorities said.

Investigators learned that one of the men pointed the gun at his head, but the weapon did not fire a live round.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Eagle Tribune (MA)
Published: December 16, 2008 02:40 pm
Gun missing from scene of Russian roulette shooting
By Jim Patten

LAWRENCE — A 24-year-old Lawrence man shot himself in the head during an apparent drunken game of Russian roulette and was in critical condition, police said.

And police said the gun Israel Rodriguez used in the ultimate game of chance was missing early yesterday.

Rodriguez was in the basement of an East Laurel Street apartment at the time of the shooting.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Palladium-Item (IN)
Richmond 16-year-old dies from gunshot wound

A Richmond teen with a 100-megawatt smile and an affinity for drawing and basketball died Thursday night following an accidental gunshot to his head.

Corey A. Smith died three days after the shooting Tuesday. He had been on life support at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

The Richmond High School junior was fondly recalled by a cousin, LaTosha Deloney, who said he attended church often and filled his days with school and a part-time job.

And she said most important to him was his family, especially his mother Amanda Wagner of Indianapolis and his "grammy," Mary Keller of Richmond.

The accidental shooting occurred about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 515 S. Eighth St., the home of one of Smith's friends, Deloney said, adding that the family has no doubt the shooting was unintentional.

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yeh well it was my uncle and you know what why wasnt the "WITNESS" to the act there to show his respects at the veiwing today, he is supposed to be like family. As you read in the articles he was there helping the "WITNESS" the only guy he knew in Mendicino Co. he was away from his "REAL" family here in Sacramento! All I wonder is why the so called "WITNESS" wasnt at the hospitol with him now if your "FRIEND" let me remind you so called good family friend was shot or let me rephrease that shot themself at your house away from his family would you be by their side at all times if you have nothing to do with it? I know I would but you know what who cares what was found there, that is besides the point the point is none of us know the real story. My problem is this is not the 1st uncle they say engaged in an act of RUSSIAN ROULTETTE its rediculous and not right our family will never have closure

[ comments from the Ukiah Daily Journal ]
[ earlier coverage of the Raymond Harold Gage shooting ]

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Palladium-Item (IN)
Gunshot wound puts teen on life support
Family gathers around bedside of 'most helpful person'

A 16-year-old Richmond youth described by family as "the most helpful person" remained Thursday evening on life support at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Police say Corey A. Smith, 16, 809 N. 18th St., suffered a self-inflicted gunshot to his head.

His cousin, LaTosha Deloney, 23, of Richmond said Thursday afternoon several of the teen's friends and family members were at his bedside.

"We've got a hospital full of kids (to see him)," she said.

Smith,a junior at Richmond High School, was holding a .32-caliber revolver when it fired around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 515 S. Eighth St., police said.

"From what we've been able to find it was just ... horseplay more than anything," said Lt. Brad Berner of the Richmond Police Department. "We don't think he intended to do anything. He was just playing around with it ... thinking it wasn't going to fire. According to a witness he fired once and it didn't go off."

Berner discounted initial reports indicating Smith might have been playing Russian roulette, a potentially lethal parlay situation in which participants place a single round inside a revolver, spin the cylinder and pull the trigger. Police are continuing to investigate the events leading to the accidental shooting, and also attempting to determine how Smith obtained the handgun.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Tunica Times (MS)
Shooting ruled accidental
Peter Thomas 25.SEP.08

The Tunica community is still reeling over the accidental death of a local teen on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Just before midnight, Tunica County sheriff�s deputies found 17-year-old Patrick Davis of 760 Monroe Alley lying near the playground at Academy Estates with a single gunshot wound to the head. EMS and Tunica First Responders were unable to resuscitate the victim. Tunica County Coroner Glenn Grant was called to the scene.

Although rumors quickly began to spread that the shooting may have been the result of several youth playing Russian Roulette, officials made no comment on those allegations.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Verdict Reached In 'Russian Roulette' Trial
Cannon Found Guilty Of Involuntary Manslaughter
POSTED: 3:18 pm EDT September 24, 2008
UPDATED: 5:51 pm EDT September 24, 2008

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- A jury has reached a verdict in the case of a teen who killed his girlfriend in what deputies described as a game of "Russian roulette gone wrong."

Phillip Cannon was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Kelly Kimbrell's death. He was also found guilty of pointing and presenting a firearm. The jury could have found him guilty of murder, but that conviction would have required proof of malice aforethought.

Cannon was sentenced to two years in prison for use of a weapon under the influence, but he was given credit for the 11 months he has already served, so he faces a total of at least 13 months in prison.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008 (OK)
Russian roulette death leads to plea
Associated Press - September 20, 2008 8:45 AM ET

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma City man has received a 5-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to killing his cousin in a game of Russian roulette.

Nineteen-year-old Chase Dillon Erickson pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree manslaughter as part of a plea agreement with Oklahoma County prosecutors. He also will be on probation for another 10 years after his release.

Erickson originally was charged with second-degree murder in the Oct. 3 death of 25-year-old Joseph Welch.

Welch died shortly after Erickson shot him in the head.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Man in suspected Russian Roulette shooting dies
Ukiah Daily Journal Staff
Article Last Updated: 09/10/2008 12:01:50 AM PDT

The Daily Journal

A 46-year-old Sacramento man, believed to have shot himself last week during what a witness called an act of Russian Roulette, died Friday in a Sonoma County hospital.

According to a Tuesday Mendocino County Sheriff's Office report, an autopsy determined that Raymond Harold Gage died from a brain injury caused by "a close contact gunshot wound to the right temporal region of his head."

The Sheriff's Office has classified Gage's death as a suicide, based on information from interviews, physical evidence and the autopsy.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Friday, September 5, 2008

Friend: Man shot himself playing Russian roulette
Published: Friday, September 5, 2008 at 8:12 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 5, 2008 at 8:32 a.m.

A friend told authorities Raymond Harrold Gage was taking a break in the heat of the day from a construction project near Potter Valley when he unexpectedly pulled out a loaded revolver and engaged in a quick game of Russian roulette.

Whatever the events leading to the Wednesday shooting in Mendocino County, the result is likely to prove fatal for Gage, a Sacramento man.

Gage, 46, is not expected to survive the gunshot wound to his head, Mendocino County sheriff’s Capt. Kurt Smallcomb said.

Gage had been staying with his friend on some property near the Mendocino-Lake county line for about three weeks, helping to construct a building of some sort, authorities said.

The two men were taking a break at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when the .38-caliber revolver came out and Gage reportedly shot himself, authorities said.

He was immediately unresponsive, and the friend called 911 with a cell phone, then provided what first aid he could while awaiting emergency medics, they said.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City man kills himself playing Russian roulette, police say
Tue August 26, 2008
By Matt Dinger

A man died Monday night after shooting himself in the throat during a game of Russian roulette, police said.

The man, 18, was home with his 14-year-old brother when he fired one bullet beneath his chin about 4:50 p.m., Oklahoma City police Lt. Jeff Cooper said.

The man was taken to a local hospital where he died, Cooper said.

Cooper said a revolver fired the fatal shot, but did not say who owns the firearm.

The 14-year-old said the older brother placed the gun to his throat and fired the shot, Cooper said.

Friday, August 8, 2008

CBS 42 News
Russian Roulette Cases
by Rick Jackson
2008-08-07 20:30:31.0

A 17 year-old boy from Tuscaloosa has died after shooting himself during a game of Russian Roulette. The potentially lethal game of chance begins when the players place a single bullet in the barrel of the gun, point it towards their body, and pull the trigger. The winner walks away with their life. Dr. David Schwebel of UAB says that adolescents involved in such activities are risk takers and a lot of them feel invulnerable.

Since February of this year, there has been four cases involving Russian Roulette in which three juveniles have died in Tuscaloosa and Jefferson Counties. Dr. Schwebel adds that a lack of love and sense of belonging contributes to the teens being detached from a fear of the outcome of playing this game.

Thursday, August 7, 2008 (AL)
Tuscaloosa teen dies in gun accident
Associated Press - August 7, 2008 11:04 AM ET

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A Tuscaloosa teenager is dead after shooting himself while playing a game of Russian roulette.

Tuscaloosa Police Chief Ken Swindle said the 17-year-old male suffered the fatal gunshot wound Tuesday night while playing the game. The boy's name was withheld.

Swindle said no foul play was involved.

A similar incident in late February claimed the life of a 15-year-old boy in Northport.

Thursday, July 17, 2008
Drunk teen shoots dead mate in game of Russian roulette

A drunk teen shot dead a former classmate in a game of Russian roulette at a school reunion party.

Zhenya Terentyeva, 18, took Sasha Ivanov, 18, to a bedroom to play with her dad's gun and one bullet.

Guests in the Moscow flat heard the bang and found her with the gun. She said: "He died on the first shot."

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Tuscaloosa News
Jeffco man charged in 12-year-old's shooting
Published: Sunday, July 6, 2008 at 3:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 5, 2008 at 9:37 p.m.

BIRMINGHAM | A Jefferson County man has been arrested for allegedly shooting a 12-year-old boy during a game of Russian roulette.

Sgt. Randy Christian of the Sheriff's department said Kortdero Sillence was arrested Tuesday night in the June 12 shooting. The suspect's mother turned him in.

Christian said Sillence shot the boy in the leg at an apartment while playing Russian roulette after the boy insulted him. It was initially reported as an accidental shooting.

* Kortdero Sillence on Bebo:
I Love Him So Much says:

Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Teen Denied Bond In 'Russian Roulette' Death
POSTED: 3:54 pm EST January 24, 2008
UPDATED: 4:00 pm EST January 24, 2008

17-Year-Old Girl Dies In Shooting

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- A judge denied bond to a 17-year-old accused in the shooting death of a friend.

Phillip Cannon is charged with murder in the death of his friend Kelly Kimbrell. Deputies described Kimbrell's death as a game of Russian roulette gone wrong.

A judge denied bond for Cannon on Thursday. (North Carolina)
Teenager Was Playing Russian Roulette, According to Police
Posted: 10:29 AM Apr 23, 2008
Last Updated: 7:59 AM Apr 25, 2008
Reporter: Associated Press & WSAZ NewsChannel 3

NEW BOSTON, Ohio (AP) - Police in New Boston, Ohio now say a teenager shot in the head at a party this past weekend was playing Russian Roulette at the time.

18-year-old Wesley Workman died of the wound from the .22 caliber handgun. Police say the gun belonged to Workman. His father told police he had first noticed the gun in their home two weeks earlier, but no one is sure where he got it. The boy's father told police he believed the gun did not work, because he saw the gun with no cylinder in it. (South Carolina)
Coroner: Clearwater shooting was actually "Russian Roulette"
Posted: Feb 22, 2008 08:51 PM
Updated: Feb 27, 2008 12:54 AM

AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Aiken County coroner says a man shot in the head outside a Clearwater auto parts store actually shot himself playing "Russian Roulette."

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton says 22-year-old Ricky A. Harris was sitting in a car with two friends outside Advance Auto Parts on Jefferson Davis Highway when he pulled out a .38 caliber revolver and emptied the bullets onto the floor.
KOLN/KGIN (Nebraska)
Official: Kansas Man Killed in Russian Roulette
Posted: 1:40 PM Feb 19, 2008
Last Updated: 1:40 PM Feb 19, 2008
Reporter: Associated Press
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The Harlan County attorney said a Kansas man shot and killed himself playing Russian roulette.

Bryan McQuay said Tuesday that deputies responded early Sunday morning to the report of a shooting.

At a farm about eight miles south of Holdrege they found the body of 28-year-old Cody Cummins of Overland Park, Kansas.

A bullet from a .38-caliber revolver had been fired into his head.

Morning Journal (Ohio)
Russian roulette turns deadly
JENNIFER BRACKEN, Morning Journal Writer

LORAIN -- A game of Russian roulette went terribly wrong and tragically ended the life of a 17-year-old Lorain Admiral King High School student.

Corey Torres was with a friend at a Leavitt Homes residence, when he began playing with a .38-caliber revolver around 1 p.m. Saturday. Torres emptied the chamber, pulled the trigger and the gun clicked. After the first shot failed, he put the revolver up to his right temple and pulled the trigger again.

It fired, killing him instantly, according to Lorain County Coroner Dr. Paul Matus.

[ UPDATE: blog post by "ex-step-aunt" of victim ]
[ UPDATE: no telling who did this or WTF ] (Arizona)
14-year-old shoots himself in head playing Russian roulette
03:51 PM Mountain Standard Time on Sunday, January 27, 2008

GUADALUPE - Police in Guadalupe say a 14-year-old boy was shot in the head after a game of Russian roulette.

The boy accidently shot himself Saturday morning while playing with a friend.

Police tell 3TV the boy thought he emptied all the bullets out before putting the gun to his head, but missed one.

After pulling the trigger three times he was struck.
The Sofia Echo (Bulgaria)
15:00 Fri 25 Apr 2008

On April 18, 15-year-old Poul Boevski, son of Bulgarian weightlifting Olympic champion Gulubin Boevski, sustained a minor head injury while allegedly playing Russian roulette with an air gun at school. When questioned on TV, minutes after the incident, he blamed two of his classmates. However, witnesses said that it was Boevski who played with the air gun and not his classmates.

The Birmingham News (Alabama)
Northport police say teen died in gun game
Posted by Birmingham News February 29, 2008 1:50 PM

A 15-year-old Northport boy lost his life in deadly gun-play, police say.

Northport police officers were called to a shooting at 3:06 p.m. Thursday in the 3700 block of 17th Street, authorities said. The teen was found dead inside the apartment.

Investigators announced today the teen's death resulted from playing Russian Roulette. (California)
last updated: May 11, 2008 03:29:57 AM

A 24-year-old man is dead after police say he lost a game of Russian roulette in front of two friends early Friday.
Teen Shot Playing 'Russian Roulette'
Last Edited: Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008, 11:10 AM MDT
Created: Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008, 11:10 AM MDT

TRINIDAD ( – A 16-year-old Trinidad boy is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head after playing Russian roulette with his brother, witnesses said. The boy’s mother has been arrested after allegedly telling police that her son was shot by a masked gunman while he was skateboarding.

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Man Hurt Playing Russian Roulette
Posted: May 2, 2008 12:09 PM
Updated: May 5, 2008 09:27 AM

A Woodford County man is in critical condition at UK Hospital after police say he shot himself in the head while playing Russian Roulette.

Police say Ryan Wilson, 25, was drinking with some friends sometime late Thursday or early Friday at an apartment on Macey Blvd. in Vesailles. Police say at some point he grabbed a .22 caliber handgun and shot himself in a game of Russian Roulette.

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