Noe Valley man arrested for firearm possession after gunplay results in friend being shot

A man was arrested in Noe Valley on Saturday after things went awry when he and his friends were playing with guns. The group, according to police, was messing around with the firearms inside the man's residence when one of the guns reportedly went off and struck one of the friends in the neck, Sgt. Monica Macdonald said Monday.

Rick Kontaxakis, 23, of San Francisco was arrested and booked on several charges related to firearm possession, Macdonald said.

Police were flagged down by one of the friends about 4:04 a.m. in the 600 block of 28th Street. Once at the residence, they discovered a 23-year-old man who had been shot in the neck. Originally, police thought the shooting may have been the result of an attempted robbery, Macdonald said.

The victim was originally listed as being in critical condition, but he was discharged from the hospital over the weekend, Macdonald said.

During the course of the investigation and with some of the men being uncooperative about what actually happened, police obtained a warrant and searched the house. They found many types of firearms and linked them to Kontaxakis, who is reportedly prohibited from possessing weapons, Macdonald said.

He was booked on felony charges of a prohibited person in possession of firearms, one felony charge of negligent discharge of a firearm, altering the serial number on a firearm, possession of an assault weapon and aggravated assault.

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