Pro tip: if you’ve made the mistake of trying to slip a heater into your waistband sans holster – and then shot yourself in the process – telling the po-po a fanciful story won’t do much good. See, it’s that whole angle-of-entry thing that puts the lie to the old, “I was just walkin’ down the street and some guy shot me!” story. Unless you were ventilated by a dude shooting from above as you were walking under an overpass, the fact that the bullet traveled down through your leg tends to give you away. It did for Jonathan Manuel, anyway . . .
Besides the whole shooting himself in the leg thing, Manuel’s biggest problems were 1) he was in New Jersey when he decided Mexican was his carry method of choice and 2) he had loaded the gun with hollow-point ammo – decidedly a no-no for anyone in the Garden State.
But he probably knew that, which is why he got all creative when the cops asked him how he acquired the new orifice. As northjersey.com tell it,
Police discovered Jonathan Manuel sitting on the front steps of an Ellison Street home after responding to a report of shots fired at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday, said Sgt. Patrick Murray of the Paterson Cease Fire Unit.
Manuel had suffered a single gunshot wound to his left upper leg, Murray said.
At first, Manuel told police he had been shot while walking in the area of Broadway and East 18th Street but further investigation revealed he accidentally shot himself while either adjusting the 9-mm handgun in his waistband or removing the gun or putting it back in his pants, Murray said.
We’re guessing the “Paterson Cease Fire Unit” is the group they call when the shooting stops and it’s time to figure out who capped whom. But that’s neither here nor there.
Manuel is reportedly in stable condition, recovering from his wound. And once he’s ambulatory, he likely won’t be the fastest resident of the Passaic County jail. But at least he’ll be able to wow his roomies with his freshly issued IGOTD award. We hear that’s one helluva status symbol among the orange jumpsuit set.