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    Yo.Bartender...I'll Have A Bloody Mary..No!..I Don't Want Real Blood In There!

    Bartender Accidentally Shoots, Kills Himself In Lawrenceville


    PITTSBURGH -- Police said a Pittsburgh bartender accidentally killed himself while playing with a gun inside a tavern in Lawrenceville.

    It happened around 11 p.m. Wednesday night at Salac's Tavern along Butler Street.

    Police said John Popinski, 52, of Pittsburgh was twirling a .357 revolver when it went off, striking him in the head.

    Popinski was transported to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian, where he was pronounced dead.

    Police haven't said who owned the gun that was involved, or how that gun ended up in the bar.

    Employees of the bar said it closed down early Wednesday night because they were not busy. Workers told Channel 11's Cara Sapida that Popinski's son was the only other person inside of the bar when the shooting happened.

    Although the incident appears to be accidental, it is still under investigation. An autopsy was expected to be performed Thursday. No other injuries were reported.

    A co-worker described Popinksi as "the greatest person in the world."


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    Pittsburgh police said on Thursday they were investigating the death of a bartender who apparently shot himself in the head at a local tavern.

    Bartender John Popinski may have shot himself accidentally while twirling a gun on his finger, but police said they could not immediately confirm that detail as reported in local media.

    The shooting occurred as customers drank at Salac's Tavern in the city's Lawrenceville section on Wednesday night, police said. Popinski was 52.

    Police found a .357 revolver at the scene and said an investigation was underway.


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    He won't do that again.
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    Boy...though I heard that he could twirl a loaded .357 Magnum revolver on his finger better than any man alive.

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    Lets see, what makes a gun go off, putting force on the trigger. How about centrifugal force? Yep, that will make it go off too!
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    As a former forensic investigator at a medical examiners office, I can say this kind of stuff happens way more than people know it just does not always make news. I am of the firm believe that is a higher power "thinning the herd".
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    I'm pretty sure I've been to that bar when I was a youngster.


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    If I were to feel the need to twirl a revolver on my finger, I would take the bullets out of it, and then check about 6 times.

    That is very unfortunate for the son.
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    The boy was dumber than a box of rocks......but he isn't any more!
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    You nailed it.

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    I'm pretty sure I've been to that bar when I was a youngster.


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    I went to high school with the Salac family. (North Hills) I don't think they owned it but we used to think it was funny that it had their name.
    It is surely true that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. Nor can you make them grateful for your efforts.

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    Thats one shot I bet he wished he never served
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    Police said John Popinski, 52, of Pittsburgh was twirling a .357 revolver when it went off, striking him in the head.
    How can a guy live 52 years and still be that stupid?

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    I'm not saying it's not the cause, but the trigger weight on most revolvers is fairly heavy... I feel like twirling it around your finger couldn't put enough force on the trigger to actually complete the pull. If you just stick your finger in the trigger frame and let it dangle it's likely not balanced on the trigger, but rather part of the guard. I feel like something else was going on.
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    "An autopsy was expected to be performed Thursday"?????????? I am no expert but I think I could make the call based only on the 357 sized hole in his apparently hard (not hard enough) head.....

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