A hapless Arizona man was facing possible gun charges Tuesday after he accidentally shot himself in the penis – with his fiancee’s little pink pistol.
Joshua Seto was walking with Cara Christopher to a convenience store in the town of Chandler last week when he began stuffing her gun into the front waistband of his pants – and it went off, police said.
The bullet pierced the 27-year-old Seto’s organ and passed through his left thigh and the blood immediately began gushing, according to police dispatch recordings obtained by the Arizona Republic.
“He is still conscious, there is just a lot of blood,” Christopher, 26, told dispatchers.
One of them told Christopher to apply direct pressure with a dry towel or T-shirt – and avoid looking at the wound.
“I did look at it,” she told a dispatcher. “It’s pretty bad.”
Seto was hospitalized and later released.
“We don’t know if he suffered any permanent damage,” Sgt. J. Favazzo of the Chandler Police Department said Tuesday. “The case remains under investigation and we are still in the process of determining whether to press charges.”
Favazzo said he did not know what kind of weapon was involved in the accident. Local news outlets reported only that it was pink.
In the meantime, police said what happened to Seto should be a lesson to all gun owners who take their safety cues from unrealistic TV shows that depict tough guys stuffing their weapons into their waistbands.
“Whenever you handle a firearm, whether you are a novice or experienced, always treat firearms as though they are loaded,” Det. Seth Tyler of the Chandler PD said. “If you are going to carry a handgun on your person, use a holster, not your waistband.”