COLUMBIA, SC — The man who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a Five Points tattoo parlor Tuesday was playing Russian roulette when he died, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said.
Mannon Turner, 42, shot himself in the head while working at the Greene Street tattoo parlor about 12 p.m. Tuesday, Watts said. The shooting occurred after Turner asked two people inside the business if they wanted to play Russian roulette, a dangerous game of chance where players put the muzzle of a revolver up to their heads and pull the trigger after loading one bullet into the gun and spinning its circular chamber.
The two people in the parlor told Turner to stop messing around, but Turner put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger, firing the only bullet loaded in the weapon. He was pronounced dead when EMS arrived. He had recently purchased the .357 magnum handgun.
Columbia Police are investigating the incident, but foul play is not suspected in the incident. No ruling has been made on whether Turner’s death is a accident or suicide, Watts said.