HOUSTON – Lesson number one when shooting at a gun range: Never, ever point a weapon at your friend's head -- or anyone's head for that matter.
Surveillance video from the Top Gun Range on Beverly Hill Street near Richmond and Fountain View, near The Galleria, shows a customer doing just that last Friday.
"Very scary situation," recalls the range's general manager Kyle Harrison.
The man in the video -- in an effort to take a selfie -- starts off by breaking one of the cardinal rules of gun range safety. He's pointing his pistol toward the lane next to him -- rather than downrange. The lane next to him is filled with several people who were taking a safety class.
Then -- for a second selfie -- he decides to point the gun at his friend's head.
"It would've been a very bad situation," Harrison said. "Not just for obviously us and the other patrons on the range, but that guy and his family."
But the range safety officer who was teaching that class in the next lane quickly steps in, forces the man to put down the weapon, and escorts both men from the range.
"Everything he did was fast, prompt," Harrison said. "He followed every rule as far as our range safety officer of getting a situation handled and under control."
Managers at the gun range have sent the video to all their employees as a training tool. They also wanted to give the public a refresher in gun range safety by releasing it on social media. Viewers have taken a few shots at the customer involved.
"The only other comments we've seen are about how dumb the other gentleman's decision was," Harrison said. "To put it lightly."
The range has banned both men from ever shooting there in the future.