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Man shoots girlfriend over zombie TV show

12:43 Thu Dec 6 2012

A US man has admitted to shooting his girlfriend in the back after the pair had a heated argument over the zombie apocalypse TV show, 'The Walking Dead'.

Jared Gurman, a 26-year-old from New York, shot his girlfriend Jessica Gelderman, 27, early on Monday morning.

He fired a round into her back with a rifle, piercing her lung and diaphragm and shattering her ribs.

Ms Gelderman survived the shooting but was left with serious injuries.

Detective Raymond Cote told NBC that Gurman was arguing with his girlfriend of three and a half years over whether the world could be overrun by zombies.

"I just know that he felt very adamant that there could be some type of military mishap that would result in some sort of virus or something being released that could cause terrible things to happen," Detective Cote said.

But Ms Gelderman told her boyfriend the idea was absurd.

"She felt that it was ridiculous," Detective Cote said.

Police said the argument escalated when Ms Gelderman decided not to spend the night with Gurman and left his home.

The couple continued fight over text messages and Ms Gelderman then went back to his house to try and calm him down.

Gurman told police he was sitting on the stairs holding a rifle when Ms Gelderman arrived.

"She tried to defuse the situation and calm him down and told him, 'Let's just go to bed,'" Detective Cote said.

"She was walking up the stairs when Gurman raised the rifle, pointed it at her and fired one round into her back, causing serious injury."

Gurman's attorney, Edward Lieberman entered a not guilty plea on behalf of his client and said he unintentionally shot his girlfriend.

"The rifle went off accidentally."

Gurman later admitted that the shooting was not an accident.

The show, which airs on the AMC network in the US, is about a man who wakes from a coma to find the world has been taken over by zombies.