A selfie turned fatal when a young man shot his good friend in the face while posing with a sawn-off shotgun in a motel room in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday, March 5, 2016.
Albert Rapovski, 20, pleaded guilty to manslaughter over the shooting death of 22-year-old Mahamd Hassan.
The trainee roof plumber had gone with some friends to meet Rapovski at the Park Inn Motel in Melbourne’s north.
When his friends knocked on the door, Rapovski answered with “his shotty” in his hand. His friends were upset by the sight of it, police say.
They’d realised Rapovski didn’t have a good understanding of how to operate the firearm – which he wasn’t licensed to carry – when they took it out to a rural property a few weeks prior.
On the day he died, Hassan said Rapovski should unload the gun, so the 20-year-old opened it and allowed another friend to remove two cartridges.
Hassan and a friend then started to play with the gun, taking photos of themselves on their mobile phones.
Rapovski, who reportedly was on the drug GHB, joined his friends posing with the gun. As he aimed the gun at Hassan’s head, Hassan held up his phone camera to capture the moment.
He was killed when Rapovski then fired the gun into his face.
Source: The Age