An Upstate man said he is thanking his lucky stars that he's still alive after being accidentally shot in the head by a friend, who never even called 911.

Michael Burdette said John Philip Thompson accidentally shot him in the head while he was showing Burdette his handgun, but then only gave him a towel while he lay bleeding.

After a few minutes, Burdette said Thompson finally called Burdette's wife so she could take him to the hospital. Two others were also on the scene, Burdette said. He said neither of them called 911.

When Spartanburg County deputies arrived, they arrested Thompson on a charge possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Burdette said he believes that is the reason Thompson did not want to call for help.

Thompson was released on bond from the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

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