In a sworn affidavit, the alleged robber took out a black handgun from his waistband and shot multiple times, one shot striking his hand, after he refused to meet the robber’s demand.
Documents say a witness of the incident informed police that the 21-year-old had actually shot himself in the hand “and no robbery ever took place.” The witness, 19, recalled the suspect retrieving a black semi-automatic handgun near the intersection of College Avenue and Waggoner Street and manipulating the firearm in his hands, then firing a shot into his own hand moments later, according to the affidavit.
Police say the witness drove the injured man to DMH and claimed the suspect threw the gun out of the vehicle as he began driving to the hospital.
Police say four plastic bags were later found in the 21-year-old’s vehicle, containing a total of 101 grams of cannabis. A digital scale, a paddle holster and dryer sheets, “a tactic used to mask the smell of raw and burnt cannabis,” were also found, documents say.