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Distraught teen shoots self after gun accident

CULLMAN (AP) — A teenager who became distraught after accidentally shooting a friend turned a shotgun on himself, resulting in a wound that required amputation of his right leg.

Authorities said Erek Rayl, 19, of Vinemont was hosting a Christmastime get-together that involved alcohol when he accidentally shot Evan Seymore, 20, of Cullman in the right calf with a .44-caliber Magnum handgun.

Seymore wasn't badly injured, according to Matt Hogue, an investigator with the Cullman County Sheriff's Department. But Rayl was so upset he asked his friends to shoot him, Hogue said.

Used a shotgun

When partygoers refused to shoot Rayl and took the gun from him, the teen got another weapon and shot himself in the right leg just above the knee, Hogue said. Rayl nearly bled to death and was revived by a friend during the trip to the hospital, said Lt. Phillip Lambert.

Doctors had to amputate Rayl's leg during emergency surgery Tuesday at Cullman Regional Medical Center, Hogue said, but he is expected to recover.

Seymore was treated at a hospital for his wound and released.

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