James Gagum was pronounced dead by paramedics who arrived at his Conway home Thursday night to find the 43-year-old lying in a pool of his own blood.
Gagum, seated in a recliner, picked up his gun and put it to his head saying, "that's not how it's done." He then pulled the trigger several times, possibly unaware the gun was loaded.
The third time proved deadly.
A Horry County police department spox confirmed the shooting was not intentional.