JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Authorities say a man accidentally shot himself in the head while playing with a gun to celebrate New Year's Eve.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Sgt. Brian Shore said that the man was celebrating with his family inside the Bay Club Apartments on Western Lake Drive on the Southside around midnight Tuesday when he accidentally fired the gun and shot himself.

Police said 46-year-old Gregory Amole had fired three shots into a retention pond, then pointed the gun at his head and pulled the trigger, apparently thinking the gun was empty.

They said the slug was found on the kitchen floor of the adjacent apartment.

Amole is in critical condition at UF Health Jacksonville.