San Diego police confiscated several firearms from a Clairemont home after a man’s gun accidentally fired and killed his best friend, officials said.
Officers were investigating the shooting that took place around 1 a.m. Sunday at the home in the 4900-block of Gallatin Way in Northwest Clairemont.
The gun owner was showing his friend a gun when the gun dropped to the ground and fired, shooting the friend in the chest according to San Diego police.
Paramedics found 21-year-old Michael Nugent lying on a house’s front lawn and rushed him to a local hospital, said Lieutenant Mike Hastings.
Guns Seized from Scene of Shooting
Nugent died from his wounds Sunday morning.
Clarence Allen has lived next door to the family for almost 50 years.
“They’re a great family. The boys have never been in trouble,” Allen said. “It’s a shock that something like this could happen.”
Investigators questioned the victim’s friend and are looking into the shooting.
“It’s a tragedy that it happened to the other boy because they were best friends,” Allen said.
Allen said the home also serves as a day-care center during the day.
“I had no idea there was ever a gun in the home,” the neighbor said.
If you have information about the incident, call San Diego Police’s Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.