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WWII veteran, 95, kills himself with wartime weapon: sources

A 95-year-old World War II veteran fatally shot himself Monday morning with a gun he had brought to Brooklyn from the battle, police sources said.

The elderly man, who was not immediately publicly identified, snatched the decades-old .25 caliber handgun after an argument with his wife at their home on Seba Avenue in Gerritsen Beach over family issues, the sources said.

He walked to the front door, fired a single round and commented, “Oh it still works,” according to the sources.

He then turned the gun on himself and fired at his head, the sources said.

The vet stumbled out of the house onto the porch when his wife called for help and a neighbor called 911.

He was taken to an ambulance where he was pronounced dead, the sources said.

The weapon is said to date from the veteran's time in World War II.
The weapon is said to date from the veteran’s time in World War II.
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The senior, who was not immediately publicly identified, suffered from high blood pressure but had no other medical conditions and was not known to be depressed, according to the sources.

He kept his wartime gun in the bedroom he shared with his wife but did not have an active gun license, the sources said.

The gun and two .25 caliber cartridge cases were recovered at the scene.

The man was not immediately identified.
The man was not immediately identified.
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Police officials confirmed the man died from a gunshot wound but were unable to provide further details about the incident or the weapon used.

They said the gun will go to the NYPD’s evidence collection team to determine where it came from.

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or having a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can call 1-888-NYC-WELL for free and confidential crisis counseling. If you live outside of the five counties, you can call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/19/wwii-vet-95-kills-self-with-gun-from-the-war-sources/ WWII veteran, 95, kills himself with wartime weapon: sources

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