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Niles man accidentally shoots self

Published: Mon, August 15, 2011 @ 5:15 p.m.


A 50-year-old Franklin Avenue man suffered a gunshot wound to the upper chest at 2:35 a.m. Monday that he said occurred while he was trying to load the weapon.

Russell L. Ritter was taken to ValleyCare Trumbull Memorial Hospital for his injuries. The hospital said Monday it could not release any information on him.

When police arrived, they found Ritter on the living room couch and the weapon on the floor near the couch.

Ritter said he was trying to load the handgun when it went off.

Two women, aged 24 and 34, said they were upstairs getting ready for bed when they heard the gunshot. The bullet that apparently hit Ritter was recovered from a couch cushion.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Must have been a new innovative way to load . .. Or perhaps someone shot him . . ..

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2cheybaby2(102 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

That's The Dumbest thing I ever Heard. You Never Point a Gun at No One Including yourself when Your Loading It. You Always Point it at The Ground. Sounds Very Fishy to Me.. Of course he could of purposely shot himself also., Yes Someone Could Of Shot Him, But What Kind Of Moran would load a Guy like That.. If You Don't Know How To Use It Or Load It you Should not Own one. Take Gun Handling Classes If you Don't Know anything about a Gun. Dumb, Dumb, Dumb,

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3Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Way more to this story then this. Has to be.

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4Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Stupid times 8426
Did Mom bring you down some Mac & Cheese to your man cave in the basement

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5What_the_Heck(34 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Real nice stan. What a suprise, another STUPID, INSENSITIVE comment.

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6VINDYAK(1803 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I have never, ever heard of anyone loading a weapon with the barrel pointed towards himself. At least, not when they were sober. Something does not add up here.

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7captainlinger(633 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

talk about having a gun chest in your house.

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8USNBOY(76 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

What an idiot! Number 1, how do you load a handgun with the barrel towards yourself? Number 2, Wouldn't all the bullets fall out? Number 3, Why would you load your handgun at 2:30 in the morning? Number 3, Was this idiot mentally stable? Number 4, Did he try to kill himself just to find out he's such a retard he can't even do that right?
How I think it happened: He was at a local bar and got stupid drunk, came home and wanted to get some from one of the women upstairs. one of them started to b1tch at him for coming home drunk again. He started to feel sorry for himself and didn't want to deal with another hangover so he went and got the gun he stole from some old guy last month. He sat on the couch and the women are still b1tching at him about not having any money for food but he always has money to go get drunk and buy dope. He loaded the gun, held it to his chin, and one of the women upstairs called him a failure the minute he pulled the trigger, he turned his head knocked the barrel into his chest and pulled the trigger.

TAADAA! I should be a crime scene investigator. LOL maybe I'm just bored but it was a good story anyway! I'd LMAO if that's what really happened.

Maybe he was just drunk and high and was trying to "twirl" a loaded double action revolver on his finger and it went off and shot him in the chest. "Shoulda been a cowboy". LOL

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

What the hook and free with no class are truly great contributors to ? Low level logic seems to be the norm with your posts .

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10Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Stupid times 8431

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11Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

The literary genius stupid at last speaks . . ..

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12boxerlover(133 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

First of all, thanks Stan. I do get your comments. Second, Free needs to get a sense of humor, or just sense, and realize that sometimes sarcasm makes a bad situation an easier pill to swallow. Plus, if he can't handle the comments - don't read them--simple. Like him.

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