For one thing, we didn't get a ton of emails and Facebook postings as soon as it happened, and we nearly always hear from readers when there are shots fired (and sometimes when there are not).
Second, someone commented that they were right there next to a window and didn't hear anything.
Third, the part about not calling 911, but instead having a "nearby bystander" drive the victim to the hospital just sounds wrong. Heck, we're nice people, but we're not gonna drive a bloody wounded stranger to the hospital in the middle of the night; that's what 911 and EMTs are for. And really, are there actually "bystanders" on a residential street at 2am? In the unlikely event that there are, wouldn't they be running for their lives once they saw a man get gunned down right in front of them instead of going "Hey, dude, can I give you a ride to the trauma center"?
So it all sounded really peculiar. That's why it wasn't a surprise when we got an email from someone who's in the know (who requested anonymity):
The inside scoop on this morning's "shooting"... The bullet had a downward trajectory and the "victim" had powder burns on his clothes. He was tucking a gun in his waistband and accidentally shot himself.We're guessing he was inside an apartment or house and that's why no one heard the noise of his gun going off.
So it's scary that a 16-year-old kid, who has a 10pm city curfew, was tucking a loaded gun into his pants as part of his going-out-on-the-town ensemble at 1:41am.
It's unfortunate that he's seriously wounded, with injuries to his leg and groin.
But what does strike us as funny is the story -- short on details, but long on blame -- that he was randomly attacked walking down the street and was saved only due to the actions of a good-hearted bystander. Guess it's better for his street cred than admitting he just isn't very good at carrying a piece.