A Philadelphia man accidentally shot by a friend in Bristol has fallen to his injuries in a tragic mistake.

Police found Jacob Pfeifer-Johnson, 24, with a gunshot wound to his chest when they arrived to the Indian Creek section of Levittown Wednesday afternoon. The call came from the 100 block of Indigo Road at about 2:15 p.m.

Senior Airman Tyler Merrill, 341st Security Forces Support Squadron armorer, demonstrates pointing a weapon in a safe direction. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Daniel Brosam)

Reports indicated Pfeifer-Johnson was visiting his life-long friend, also 24, and had just shown up to the house. The friend was clearing the chamber of his 9 millimeter handgun when it accidentally discharged.

Pfeifer-Johnson passed away at St. Mary’s Medical Center early Thursday morning. His friend, who police have not identified, is cooperating with authorities.

Deaths from accidental discharges are preventable. In general, there are a few essential rules of gun safety, though each organization may have different wording.

The following set is the United States Marine Corps standard for gun safety.

  1. Treat every weapon as if it were loaded
  2. Never point the weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot
  3. Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you’re ready to fire
  4. Keep the weapon on safe until you intend to fire