MERRILLVILLE | For the Brady Bunch of television fame, the rule was don't play ball in the house.
Times have changed, and moms might consider instituting a new rule — don't rap with a loaded gun.
That advice could have helped two men who were giving rapping their best shot in their mother's apartment in the 1800 block of West 84th Drive.
About 4 a.m. Friday, police were dispatched to the apartment about a 21-year-old who shot himself in the thigh, Merrillville Detective Cmdr. Jeff Rice said.
He said the 21-year-old was holding a gun in various positions while rapping with his 24-year-old brother when the gun was accidentally discharged.
The 21-year-old was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries, Rice said.
No other people were injured during the incident.
Rice said police were called back to the apartment building about 9 a.m. Friday after a bullet hole was discovered in an adjoining unit.
It isn't certain if the hole was created by the shot that injured the 21-year-old or if another round had been fired, Rice said.
The gun, which was registered to the 21-year-old, was taken into evidence by Merrillville police as they continue to investigate the matter.
Rice said charges are possible in the case.