Rapping attempt backfires, man shot in thigh

2013-10-15T20:00:00Z 2013-10-15T21:47:39Z Rapping attempt backfires, man shot in thighChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
October 15, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | For the Brady Bunch of television fame, the rule was don't play ball in the house.

Times have changed, and moms might consider instituting a new rule — don't rap with a loaded gun.

That advice could have helped two men who were giving rapping their best shot in their mother's apartment in the 1800 block of West 84th Drive.

About 4 a.m. Friday, police were dispatched to the apartment about a 21-year-old who shot himself in the thigh, Merrillville Detective Cmdr. Jeff Rice said.

He said the 21-year-old was holding a gun in various positions while rapping with his 24-year-old brother when the gun was accidentally discharged.

The 21-year-old was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries, Rice said.

No other people were injured during the incident.

Rice said police were called back to the apartment building about 9 a.m. Friday after a bullet hole was discovered in an adjoining unit.

It isn't certain if the hole was created by the shot that injured the 21-year-old or if another round had been fired, Rice said.

The gun, which was registered to the 21-year-old, was taken into evidence by Merrillville police as they continue to investigate the matter.

Rice said charges are possible in the case.

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