Florida man accidentally shoots penis while cleaning gun

By Kay Steiger
Monday, September 10, 2012 14:09 EDT
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An 18-year-old man reportedly shot himself in the penis and testicles at a party last Thursday in Port St. Lucie, Florida while he was cleaning a recently purchased gun.

Michael Smeriglio initially told police that he had been shot by someone while walking down the street, but police said he changed his story after questioning, according to WKMG Local 6.

According to WTSP, the police also found marijuana in the house when they responded to the call about the gun going off, leading to police arresting the owner of the house, 22-year-old Joseph Lamar James.

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Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story. Her contributions have appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Campus Progress, The Guardian, In These Times, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check, and others. You can follow her on Twitter @kaysteiger.
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