Call of Duty has been one of the main go-to shooter franchises for years, and it’s no secret that Activision’s hit property has gathered some hardcore fans over the years. It’s only logical that followers of the game want to take steps to immerse themselves in the experience, but one Murfreesboro-based Call of Duty fan took this idea a step too far yesterday: the man was playing with a fully-loaded AR15 in his lap, and accidentally discharged the semi-automatic rifle.
The blind round went through to his elderly neighbor’s apartment at a low trajectory and narrowly missed the neighbor’s pet dog, which was described by the 75-year-old woman as her best friend. A police sergeant who was called on-scene commented that the situation certainly had the potential for devastating consequences, and used this case to drive home how important it is to responsibly handle all weapons at all times.
The police charged 21-year-old Aaron Curtis with misdemeanor reckless endangerment for the careless handling of his loaded firearm, which he legally owned. All-in-all, both parties are extremely lucky nobody was hurt in the incident, and we can only hope Aaron – and other gaming enthusiasts – take this lesson to heart. At the time of this writing, it still isn’t clear how the gun was accidentally fired.
While games that encourage gamers to go outside have their own unique set of dangers, it’s not a good idea to ever have a loaded firearm in one’s lap while being distracted by something else. For those looking to blend their own environment with the video game they’re playing, we suggest something like a VR headset or a joystick as opposed to a fully-loaded AR15.
According to the Murfreesboro Police Department, Aaron’s on-screen persona was using a weapon similar to the AR15, so one can assume he was feeling particularly inspired by his digital weapon loadout. There’s no news on if Mr. Carter will be picking up Call of Duty: WW2 when it launches this November, but we can only hope an article about an M1 Garand shell piercing a wall isn’t something we’ll be forced to write about this holiday season.
Call of Duty: WW2 is set to launch on November 3, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Source: News Channel 5