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A teenage gangster has become the first victim of a craze for miniature "designer" guns disguised as key fobs.
Fabian Flowers, 19, a member of Manchester's Longsight Crew, is believed to have shot himself in the head while trying to test the weapon's apparently faulty firing mechanism.
Friends who were with him immediately fled the lap-dancing club where the test firing took place.
The tiny gun - just over 4ins long and with a barrel extending a mere 1½ ins - has never been recovered.
Dozens of similar weapons have been smuggled into Britain from Bulgaria in the past 18 months. They are sold initially as novelty flare guns but then modified by criminals to fire twin .25 bullets.
The weapons, which change hands for several hundred pounds, are notoriously unstable and lack accuracy. However, at point-blank range they are lethal.
Yeah, that’s right – little keychain guns that don’t look like guns. Here’s what seems to have happened.
On Feb 23 last year a group of youths, including some members of the Longsight Crew, were at the High Society club in Stockport.
At some point in the evening Flowers went to the lavatory with some of his friends. Police sources suggest someone had recently borrowed the key fob gun and was returning it.
An inquest yesterday heard that Flowers's final words to his friends were: "I'm going to put it to the test - watch."
One friend said: "He put it to his head and I heard a bang. I got the impression that he thought the safety catch was on and it was perfectly safe."
The gangster died from a single wound to the head. Police initially suspected he had been the victim of a gangland killing but became convinced that he had died at his own hand.
Let’s just call that one a case of Darwin in action.