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Pedestrian shoots himself in leg after street-crossing dispute

A man who pulled a handgun on a driver who didn't stop for him to cross the street in Hawthorne ended up in the hospital after accidentally shooting himself in the leg, police said Tuesday.

Dennis Vilchis, 21, of Los Angeles, brandished a handgun about 11:30 a.m. on New Year's Day during a dispute with a driver over who had the right of way near the intersection of Prairie Avenue and El Segundo Boulevard, said Hawthorne Police Lt. Gary Tomatani.

"The pedestrian obviously believed the car should have stopped," Tomatani said.

When he tried to put the gun in his pants pocket or waistband, he accidentally fired the gun, shooting himself in the leg.

Police officers, who were flagged down by a motorist after the shooting, found Vilchis lying on the sidewalk with a single bullet wound to his upper thigh. He initially tried to stand up and walk away, police said, but soon collapsed due to his injuries. 

Paramedics treated Vilchis at the scene, and he was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Police found the handgun, which was loaded with additional live rounds, a few feet away from Vilchis on the sidewalk. He had more ammunition in his pants, Tomatani said.

Detectives are reviewing the incident for possible criminal charges.


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I hope they file charges against this idiot. Good thing he shot himself instead of someone else. He is a crime waiting to happen.

Cred is a terrible thing to waste.

Too bad it wasn't his foot. Stupid man.

hmmm. a guy with a loaded handgun that he can't handle properly and which he pulls out at every provocation and fires. gee, we need way more of this! guns for everyone!

Idiot; thankfully, he only shot himnself.

Ah, must be time for the Darwin Awards. I believe we have our first winner. If I had been the officer on the scene I would not have been able to stifle my laughter while arresting him. What a moron.

Ha f'n Ha. Just another troublemaker that has to try and assert his right away even though he's doing battle with a 2 ton car.

Why no picture of the prep?

"Too bad it wasn't his foot. Stupid man." Carmen, too bad it wasn't his manhood.

Charge him with felony stupid for starters . . .

This guy was out looking to shoot somebody for anything.
Lock him up!

although driving tests could be stricter, the DMV does at least require some minimal level of competence before issuing licenses.
shouldn't gun sellers also require potential gun buyers to demonstrate some competence and (god forbid) intelligence before purchasing a gun?
or would that immediately eliminate their customer base?
oh yeah, and there's the fact that guns are so prevalent now any child can buy one on the street....

Life is tough. It's tougher when you're stupid.

Did this fellow have medical insurance covering care for his self-inflicted gunshot wound, or are taxpayers expected to cover the costs? Was "the victim" the registered owner of the gun, or was it a stolen weapon. He just went out walking the neighborhood with a pants load of ammo. What are the penalties for shooting yourself with a stolen weapon. Was the "victim" crossing against the light?

I don't know which is worse, this guy shooting himself or the reporter who says that he had "injuries" after one shot!

HA HA HA........
Funniest thing so far this year.

This guy is so stupid, he shoots himself gets himself arrested and charged with attempted murder on himself. What an IDIOT!!!!!! that would be funny.

wow SIASD stupid is as stupid does........only pull the gun if you are going to fire....problem solved except for this genius!

Yeah, blame the gun.

"Possible criminal charges?" It is stupid and suicidal to point a gun at anyone and should be considered attempted murder or at least threat of murder. Of course, not yielding to pedestrians could also be considered attempted murder - but not in this town. Killing pedestrians is legal as long as you are not drunk and don't leave the scene.

I would never carry a gun or commit a violent crime, but I will continue to take videos of these stupid drivers that don't yield, in hopes of getting them charged with a crime or bringing a lawsuit. All you laughers take note.

To own a gun they should at least have some kind of mental health test or an exam.

To MegaCynic, who wrote (Was "the victim" the registered owner of the gun, or was it a stolen weapon.) Firearms are not required to be registered with the state. By law, you only have to do that with dangerous items such as automobiles.

I'm guessing that he didn't purchase this gun at a store.lol

Unless the gun is unlicensed I don't see what they can charge him with, sounds like he was defending himself from the use of deadly force by the car driver (his car). If your life is threatened you can use a gun to defend yourself.

Being stupid and shooting yourself is not a crime.

The State DOES require a background check and passing a safety test before you can purchase a handgun.


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