Man clowning with gun kills self

SAN DIEGO — A man died Monday night when he accidentally shot himself in the head while clowning around with a gun, police said.

The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. at the corner of Raven Street and Hilltop Drive in the Mount Hope area.

Investigators said the man was with some female friends when he put the 9mm handgun to his head and pulled the trigger as a joke. The chamber was empty the first time, but when the man repeated the stunt a short time later, the gun fired, killing him.

Witnesses told police that this was not the first time the victim had joked around with the gun.