FRESNO, CA (KMJ) -The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a gunshot victim had arrived at CRMC.
The driver told investigators the 17-year-old boy showed up with his friend and said someone shot at them.
The victim had a visible injury to his lower leg, so the man drove him to the hospital.
Before the truth came out, the Sheriff’s Office had deployed it’s Eagle One helicopter and about 10 deputies, and the Fresno Police Department assisted in the investigation.
First, the victim said he and his friend were shot near a store in Easton
Then they told deputies they were riding horses by Clayton and Elm when gunfire came from a car that pulled up.
The victim and his friend originally said they were near a store in Easton but then the story changed to say they were riding horses in the area of Clayton and Elm when a car pulled up, they had a disagreement and someone in the car shot the teen.
We could not find any credibility in this story and we were never able to find these supposed horses.
Deputies developed information that pointed to a house on the 300 block of W. Roy Ave. in Fresno, and since this is in the City of Fresno, the Fresno Police Department was notified.
Shortly after 12:30 p.m., the gunshot victim came clean with the truth.
He said he was at home and accidentally shot himself in the leg with a gun he was holding.
“It is unfortunate that the dishonesty by this teenager took valuable resources away from members of the public for several hours who may have needed help for valid reasons,” said a spokesperson for the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
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