An unidentified man from Phoenix, Arizona shot himself in the face after he fired his gun at his ceiling to quiet his noisy upstairs neighbors. He is now in critical condition in the hospital because of the incident, reports Fox News.
The man allegedly paid an initial visit to the neighbors after he became upset because of their noise on a Sunday night. He banged the door and yelled at them in an effort to make contact. Phoenix Police Sgt. Vince Lewis said that the man then went back to his room but was still upset. So, he retrieved his gun and fired “several” shots at his ceiling. After that, he shot himself.
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Investigators state that the man was transported to a hospital and the upstairs neighbors were not injured. Last August, CBS News reported that even pointing a “finger gun” at a neighbor’s house and making eye contact with them could be considered illegal. This was the case for Stephen Kirchner, who was convicted of disorderly conduct. The court document reads that the hand gesture that mimics a gun was caught on surveillance cameras. The neighbor testified that he felt “extremely threatened” because of the gun gesture. Another neighbor said it made her feel “insecure.”
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In 2017, 40 percent of people in America who participated in the survey admitted that they would go out of their way to avoid their neighbors. Their most common reasons were they were too busy, they felt it too nosy to be friendly, or they thought their neighbors were weird. Clinical psychologist Scott Wilson explains via NBC that the chance of conflict is high when a person ends up living near a mix of individuals who have unrelated lives as they do.