A teenager blamed ninjas for his misfortune after he shot himself in the groin while playing with a gun. The teen, a 17-year-old from Elmwood Park, Illinois, reported the incident shortly after 8 pm on Friday.
While the understandably embarrassed teen initially claimed the involvement of people in “ninja-like masks,” he later admitted the truth.
The teen was apparently cruising in Chicago’s Northwest Side on Friday evening with friends. He was handling a gun when it went off in the backseat of the car.
The injury affected the 17-year-old’s “lower groin area.” Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli stated that the teen initially told police that he was standing outside on North Harlem Avenue around 7:20 pm. Two men dressed in black and wearing Ninja masks jumped from a black van and shot him.
The teen also stated that one of the men had a semi-automatic gun. However, despite the teen’s imagination, police canvassed the area and were unable to find the ninjas responsible for the crime. They also found no evidence of a crime where the teen claimed to be.
They returned to the hospital and confronted him. The teen who blamed ninjas eventually copped to the fake story and told police the truth. Along with his confession, medical personnel were also able to determine that ninjas did not shoot the boy in his crotch. Rather, the injury was self-inflicted.
Thankfully, the teen’s injuries were not life-threatening. He was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Police officials reported that he remains in stable condition.
In the coming days, police are hoping to uncover where exactly the teen was at when he shot himself in the groin. Once they can pinpoint the location, they will know which police department has jurisdiction. It is possible the teen who blamed ninjas could face charges for blaming his misfortune on shadowy sword-wielding warriors.
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