Accidental Gunshot Victim Dead: Coroner

Man who shot himself in the face while showing a gun to friends died Saturday at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center, the Will County coroner's office said.

A 21-year-old Joliet man who accidentally shot himself in the face died Saturday night in Provena St. Joseph Medical Center's intensive care unit, according to the Will County Coroner's Office.

Dion D. Perry sustained the injury at about 5 p.m. Friday night in the 300 block of South Ottawa Street, the hospital reported Friday. There had been some confusion that the shooting may have occurred at the hospital, but those accounts were incorrect.

He was reportedly showing the gun to friends while sitting in a car when the .25-caliber Beretta went off, according to a Joliet Herald News article.

Tony December 18, 2012 at 04:40 PM
I doubt very much that this gun was going to be used for anything but to kill another person or it would'nt have been in the car.For once an innocent person didn't die because of reckless behavior
Moe'Well 08 January 12, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Why is it that people make comments like they do. Makes me wonder are people really like this.Even in death a person is still not free. And these are adults making comments like these. Maybe if he was in the projects and this happened no one would mind. A daycare really?
Able2survive April 14, 2013 at 04:42 AM
Wow a young life gone for nothing. This makes me sad
SonofJohn April 14, 2013 at 05:27 AM
My thought is this, improper training gets people killed every day in our walk in this realm. I do not know all the circumstances involved, so will refrain from further comments.
Vladimir Putin March 25, 2014 at 06:39 PM
Naivete? Stop assuming every black dude who gets caught up in an accident is a "gangbanger." I knew Deon, and he wasn't a thug. He was a super nice dude. The gun he shot himself WAS his. He purchased it himself. Stop typing out your prejudices and then labeling Deon as being them, assholes. He wasn't casing a place or on his way to commit a crime. He was sitting out front of one of his friends' houses. He was being a dumbass that day and now he's gone, yes, but stop making him out to be some dangerous criminal. He wouldn't have done shit to hurt anybody.


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