Beer Pong Game Ends In Accidental Shooting

2 Shot Over Beer Pong Game

A Blue Island, Illinois, man shot two people during a backyard game of beer pong when he tried to distract his opponent by waving a gun in his face, prosecutors say.

Manus Shannon, 27, was arrested for reckless discharge of a firearm Saturday after accidentally shooting two guests in the shoulder and hand at a Fourth of July party on Chicago's Far South Side, according to Chicago police. Sunday was Shannon's birthday; he spent it in jail.

At a bond hearing Monday, Assistant State's Attorney Erin Antonietti said Shannon pulled the 9mm semiautomatic handgun on a 24-year-old man during the victim's turn at beer pong, according to DNAinfo.

The opponent tried to push Shannon away and the gun fired two shots. The first struck Shannon's opponent in the finger, and the second hit the shoulder of a 20-year-old bystander who was not involved in the game.

The injuries were not life threatening and the victims were able to drive themselves to Roseland Community Hospital. Police arrested Shannon at his home late Saturday. He was released after paying a $100,000 bond, according to CBS Chicago. He is due back in court July 10.

Shannon used to live in Arkansas and had a concealed carry permit in that state, DNAinfo reports. However, he failed to update his paperwork when he moved to Chicago in February.

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