Florida woman shoots self while using Snapchat, deputies say

22-year-old suffers lacerations to hand

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DELTONA, Fla. - A 22-year-old Deltona woman accidentally shot herself while recording a video using the popular Snapchat app, according to authorities.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said Regina Powell shot herself in the hand on Sunday evening while taking the Snapchat video on her cellphone in her garage.

Powell suffered minor injuries and was treated at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, deputies said.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Powell said that she was "foolishly playing" with her uncle's .40-caliber pistol when she pulled the trigger and shot her cellphone, which she was holding in her right hand.

Powell suffered lacerations on her thumb and index fingers, likely caused by her phone shattering, deputies said.

The Sheriff's Office said Powell's aunt heard but did not see the shooting and took her niece to the hospital. The aunt said she threw the gun out of her car as she drove on Saxon Boulevard near I-4, according to deputies. The gun has not been found.

No one else was home at the time of the shooting, which was determined to be accidental, deputies said.

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