An Evanston, Illinois, man is dead after he put a shotgun up to his head and pulled the trigger in an attempt to show his friends that the firearm was unloaded.
Tragically, the shotgun was loaded and 31-year-old Eric Zyzanski was fatally wounded.
Police said they found Zyzanski “on the floor with a shotgun wound to his head. The shotgun was lying beside him.”
The incident occurred on Sunday after Zyzanski was grilling with some friends, including his girlfriend, at his apartment. Christine Edwards, the building manager, who didn’t attend the party but spoke with police afterward, said that Zyzanski “Thought it was unloaded.”
“The victim ejected 2-3 rounds” from the shotgun, then “held the shotgun to his cheek, told his friends it was empty and pulled the trigger,” said police, according toThe Evanston Review.
All those who were present “gave consistent accounts of what had happened” added investigators, and the “body and the evidence corroborated the witnesses’ accounts.”
Zyzanski death was ruled a suicide; something that Edwards challenged.
“It was a tragic accident,” she explained. “He was a good kid. He was not a depressed individual.”