Shooting: Man Realizes He Was Shot While Driving, Runs Out of Gas, Goes to Walgreens



There are a lot more questions than answers in a shooting over the weekend in which a 29-year-old man, driving in St. Louis, only realized he had been shot when he felt blood dripping down his arm.

At least that's the description in the bizarre police report, which notes that the victim did not notice that he was a victim of gun violence -- until he saw blood.

What happened next was even stranger.

St. Louis Metro Police say that he was driving around midnight on Saturday -- the same day that officers shot and killed a man at Mardi Gras -- when he felt blood dripping from his right arm and realized he was shot. (The incident took place from 100 to 3900 Loughborough Avenue).

He had been driving with his window down, the report says -- though it seems unclear if he may have been shot through the window while he was driving or prior.

He then drove around until he ran out of gas -- at which point he paid someone to drive him.

Where to?

Why to Walgreens, because, you know, where else would you want to go if you were randomly shot in the arm?

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He apparently wanted to go to Walgreens to call his mother, police say. An employee at the store called the police, at which point he was taken to a local hospital and was in stable condition.

Perhaps the most believable part of the report says: "The victim provided several different versions."

The investigation is ongoing.

Here's the full report from police.

Incident: Assault 1st
Location: 100 to 3900 Loughborough
Dates/Times: 2/9/13 - 2/10/13 @ 2345 - 0015
Victim: 29-year old white male
Synopsis: The victim stated he was driving with his windows down and felt blood dripping from his right arm and noticed he had been shot. He then drove around until he ran out of gas, paid someone to drive him to a Walgreens to call his mother. A Walgreens employee called police. The victim was taken to a local hospital in stable condition. The victim provided several different versions of the incident and the investigation is ongoing.

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