Report: Man accidentally shoots friend in strip club parking lot

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A fight between friends ended up with one of them being shot in the chest in the early morning hours on Saturday, according to police reports.

Police were called to Showgirls I at 2910 Goshen Road just before 1 a.m. on Saturday. The first officer who arrived on scene found the victim and the suspected shooter with each other. The suspected shooter had his shirt off and was using it to apply pressure to a gunshot wound on the victim’s chest.

The officer took over from the suspected shooter and maintained pressure on the would until paramedics arrived. The victim told the officer multiple times that his friend had shot him by accident – that the shooter was his best friend and would never shoot him on purpose.

Meanwhile, more officers had arrived on scene and the suspected shooter was handcuffed and placed into a squad car. He told police he was fighting with his friend and was being beat up when he took a gun out of his car and shot his friend. The suspect did have marks on his upper forehead and scratches on his lip and elbow but paramedics did not find any sign of trauma or gun shot wounds on him. He told police the gun was in the back of his car. Police got the .38 black revolver from his car and took it as evidence.

The victim was taken to the hospital where they determined he was in serious but stable condition.

The suspected shooter was taken to to the police station and released after a detective spoke with him.

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