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Santa Rosa man kills self in apparent accidental shooting

A 44-year-old Santa Rosa man died Friday from what appeared to have been an accidental gunshot wound, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said.

The man's name was being withheld pending notification of his family, sheriff's Sgt. Carlos Basurto said. It was not clear if he had a permanent address.

The man had been staying with friends at a house on rural Silk Road, west of the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County airport, but was alone in a room when he apparently mishandled a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun and fired a single round into his lower abdomen shortly before 11:30 a.m., Basurto said.

Basurto said it was not known who owned the gun, which was recovered by sheriff's deputies.

There were no direct witnesses to the shooting, though others were in the house at the time and were able to come to the man's aid immediately, Basurto said.

Friends were taking the victim by private car to a hospital when sheriff's deputies intercepted them and moved the patient into an ambulance.

He was still alive at that time but was later pronounced dead at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Basurto said.

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