A Texas man accidentally shot his friend while watching the Houston Astros game on TV Tuesday night, when a strange game-time ritual went off the rails, according to the Houston Police Department.
A group of friends gathered at an apartment on the city’s north side to watch the Astros face off against the Chicago White Sox, the fourth playoff game between the teams.
According to investigators, the friends were all armed and would “dry fire” their guns in celebration every time the Astros scored a run, KTRK reported.
The Astros won Tuesday night’s game 10-1.
Generally speaking, dry firing a gun means pulling the trigger — thereby triggering the gun’s firing mechanism — while there are no bullets loaded or sitting in the chamber.
However, one person forgot to unload their firearm, the Houston Chronicle reported. When the Astros scored a run around 7 p.m., the man pulled the trigger and a round went flying into his friend’s abdomen, police said.
The victim was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive, police told the newspaper. One person was arrested, and investigators are working with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office to determine if charges should be filed, KTRK reported.
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