22-year-old Carlos Rueda, of Albuquerque, New Mexico was at a New Year's Eve party at a friend's house. Rueda and another friend, 20-year-old Ryan Wathen, were in a bedroom of the house. Wathen told police that Rueda asked him to pick up a handgun that was next to a computer in the room.
Wathen said Rueda told him not to worry, that the gun was not loaded. He said to Wathen, "don't you trust me?" and told him to point the pistol at Rueda's head and pull the trigger. Wathen did and the gun discharged, shooting Rueda in the head.
Rueda was taken to the hosptial where he died a short time later.
Rudea worked at Rio Rancho Armory gun dealer. He posted an article "Police Warn Residents Not to Shoot Guns on the Holiday" just hours before the shooting.
Wathen was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Police are calling the shooting a case of negligence and believe alcohol played a factor.