A teenager who shot himself in the foot with his father’s pistol on Sunday night has admitted to investigators that he did so in order to impress a girl.
The 16-year-old from Kato Ambelia in Serres, northern Greece, had told officers responding to reports of a gunshot on Sunday that he accidentally injured himself in the foot while trying to scare off an intruder. The gun he used belonged to his father and was unlicensed.
On Tuesday, however, the teenager admitted to police that he has made the story up and shot himself in a part of his body that he thought would hold little risk so that he could impressive a girl with a tale of heroism.
Doctors operated on his foot and expect him to make a full recovery.
His father is facing charges of illegal gun possession and neglect.