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Weightlifter 'shoots' himself by dropping dumbbell on bullet

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A weightlifter has claimed that he 'shot' himself by dropping a dumbbell on a bullet.

Police were called to Ninth Street in Modesto, California, at about 9.15pm on Wednesday (April 11), where they found a 56-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his shoulder.

The injured man told the officers that he had been lifting dumbbells and accidentally dropped one on a rimfire .22 caliber bullet, reports The Modesto Bee.

He said that the weight of the dumbbell activated the propellant powder in the bullet, which then shot towards him, piercing his shoulder.

The police found no gun at the home, but did find the shell casing from a .22 caliber bullet.

Officer Chris Adams said that they found the man's story suspicious but not impossible.

The case has been closed as a suspicious circumstance investigation.

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