20-year-old William Thibodeau, of Walterboro, South Carolina, was showing his friend his Mossberg shotgun. As he was handing his friend the shotgun, Thibodeau unintentionally discharged the weapon.
The 20-year-old victim was shot in the upper chest at near point blank range. His girlfriend acted quickly to control the heavy bleeding until medical crews arrived.
The victim was flown to a trauma center in Charleston where he underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition.
Both the victim and Thibodeau told police the shooting was unintentional. Thibodeau has been charged with discharging a weapon within city limits.