A man, during an apparent suicide attempt, shot himself in the ear. The bullet traveled through his head, and came out the other side, hitting his pregnant wife in the neck, who was sitting next to him in their car.

The incident took place on May 22 in the Indian state of Haryana. The unidentified 34-year-old man and his 7-month pregnant wife were rushed to a nearby hospital after being found lying in a pool of blood inside their car.

Manesar Deputy Police Commissioner Deepak Saharan said that the bullet penetrated through the man’s ear and went out of the other side and hit the woman in her neck. “The ballistics report is awaited. We have registered an FIR [first information report].”

According to the police, the man was unemployed for the last few months. The motive behind the shooting was revealed by the wife in her statement given to the police. She told the police the two had an argument over his unemployment. The altercation escalated and ended up in the shooting.

“In her statement, his wife said that they have been fighting for the past four days over his employment situation,” Saharan said while speaking to local media.

The duo was on their way to the hospital for a routine medical check-up. The altercation started after the man told his wife that on their way back he intended to drop her off at her parents’ house. But she insisted on wanting to stay with him. “An argument ensued and the man parked the SUV and took out his pistol [and shot himself],” Saharan said.

A passer-by noticed the couple bleeding inside the car and immediately informed the police, who rushed them to a local hospital. Considering the critical condition, the duo was later transferred to Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi.

The husband was reported to be in critical condition and was struggling for his life. The woman was out of danger and was expected to recover soon.

Police said such incidents are rare but not unusual in cases where victims are in close proximity to each other.

The man was reported to have separated from his first wife in 2017 and then he met his current wife. They got married in 2019.

Police registered a case based on the wife’s statement. The investigation was ongoing.

If you have thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255. The line is available 24 hours, every day.

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