A Navy SEAL is on life support after accidentally shot himself in the head in Thursday morning at his Pacific Beach home, San Diego police said.
Police said the 22-year-old brought back a woman from a bar and wanted to prove to her that the gun was unloaded by pointing it to his head and pulling the trigger.
The SEAL was not identified by the police, but ABC's San Diego affiliate reported his name is Gene Clayton. A Navy spokesman told reporters he had just completed his SEAL training and was assigned to a West Coast-based team this week.
Initial reports said he died at about 3.a.m. at Scrippis Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, but the Navy later told police that he was on life support, police Lt. Andra Brown told San Diego Union-Tribune.
Police Officer Frank Cali told the paper the sailor and the woman had been drinking. The Navy SEAL had brought out several guns to show the woman, but when she asked him to put them away, the Navy SEAL insisted they were safe by holding a pistol to his head.
Someone at the residence called 911 at about 2 a.m. and told the dispatcher a man accidentally shot himself while playing with a gun.
On behalf of the entire Naval Special Warfare community, we are deeply saddened by this unfortunate incident and extend both our hearts and prayers to our teammate's family during this very difficult time, said Commodore Collin P. Green, commander of Naval Special Warfare Group One, in a statement.