Police: Teen shot his penis, testicle while cleaning gun

Published On: Sep 10 2012 10:58:34 AM EDT
Updated On: Sep 11 2012 07:34:43 AM EDT

Michael Smeriglio.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -

A Florida teenager shot himself in the penis and testicle while cleaning a gun he recently purchased at a party, according to police.

The shooting occurred Thursday morning at a home in the 200 block of Verada Street in Port St. Lucie, WTSP-TV reported.

Police said 18-year-old Michael Smeriglio first lied about the incident, saying someone shot him while he was walking down a street. After being questioned by officers, though, he admitted to accidentally shooting himself, police said.

Doctors said the bullet went through his penis and left testicle before lodging in his thigh.

Smeriglio told police he bought the gun last month at a party.

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