Gavin M., a 19-year-old student at Midland College in Texas died of an unintentional gunshot wound to the head Friday afternoon. Gavin was in his apartment with two friends when he started messing around with a 38-caliber handgun. The gun went off and shot him in the right temple.
The friends told police the gun was unloaded when they started looking at it, but at some point during the afternoon it was loaded.
A police officer at the scene said it was one of several unintentional shootings he has responded to in his career. "Too many to count and all of them could have been avoided," he said.
Gavin was preparing to resume classes next week. He was studying criminal justice.