UPDATE: Lake Charles man dead following accidental shooting - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

UPDATE: Lake Charles man dead following accidental shooting

A 20-year-old Lake Charles man is dead following a shooting Thursday morning. (Monica Grimaldo / KPLC) A 20-year-old Lake Charles man is dead following a shooting Thursday morning. (Monica Grimaldo / KPLC)

A 20-year-old Lake Charles man is dead following an accidental shooting Thursday morning at a home near the corner of Louie and Ryan streets.

Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said the victim, Erick Alexander Perez, shot himself with a .22 revolver.

"(The) investigation revealed this was an accidental shooting," Kraus said. "The victim wasn't familiar with the firearm, which he obtained two days prior. He failed to realize that it was loaded with more that one round and shot himself in front of a witness."

An eyewitness told KPLC that the victim was working on his truck around 9 a.m. and started playing with his gun.

Deputy Coroner Zeb Johnson said there is no evidence of foul play.

KPLC will have more on later editions.

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