....is "alcohol was involved".
MADEIRA BEACH -- Dale Roberts thought his new pistol wasn't working properly, Pinellas deputies say, so he decided to test it.
Around 2:45 a.m. on Saturday Roberts, in jest, pointed the gun at his head and pulled the trigger, deputies say. It turns out the pistol worked well enough to send a .25 caliber bullet into his skull.
The 20-year-old was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where he was expected to recover.
Roberts' girlfriend, Ambert Howell, also 20, was not injured. The accidental shooting occurred in the kitchen of their one-bedroom apartment at 107 145th Avenue, and alcohol was involved, according to deputies.