Man killed when friend drops gun

SAN DIEGO – A 21-year-old man was fatally shot while being shown a gun that fell and accidentally fired early Sunday in the Bay Ho neighborhood, a police lieutenant said.

Bay Ho Fatal ShootingPolice and paramedics were called to the 4900 block of Gallatin Way near Delta Place about 1 a.m. and found the mortally wounded man lying on a residence’s front lawn, suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper torso, San Diego police Lt. Mike Hastings said.

He was taken to a hospital, where he died, according to Hastings. His name was withheld pending family notification.

Witnesses told police the victim’s long time friend was showing him a gun, when it fell to the ground and discharged, Hastings said.

Hastings said investigators were questioning the victim’s friend.

Anyone with information was asked to call the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293, or Crime Stoppers at 888-580- 8477.