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HOUSTON - A man died early Thursday morning after he shot himself in the head while playing with with what he thought was an unloaded gun, Houston police said.

The shooting was reported at an auto repair business on Beechnut Street near Tanglewilde Street around 3 a.m., according to the Houston Police Department. The man was already dead when police arrived.

Witnesses told police the man had been drinking, and he pulled out a gun he claimed had no bullets. He then put it to his head and pulled the trigger once, and nothing happened. When he pulled the trigger a second time, however, it went off.

Police said the incident occurred in front of several his coworkers. No other injuries were reported.

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