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Man shoots himself in the leg, claims he was a victim of ‘drive-by shooting’

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AFTER accidentally shooting himself in the leg with a hand gun, Don Pangelinan Sanchez Jr. told police that he was a victim of a drive-by shooting.

Sanchez, 37, was later charged with “Unlawful Discharge of Firearm, 6 CMC 10301 (a), Storage of  Firearm; penalties 6 CMC 10204(a)(1), Persons permitted to possess ammunition 6 CMC 10207,  Firearm Owner’s Identification Card requirement exception 6 CMC 10601(a) and 10601(b)….”

The Department of Public Safety said it learned from witnesses at the scene that the incident was self-inflicted due to an accidental discharge of a handgun pistol.

The pistol was later recovered and procured as evidence, police said.

On Tuesday, Sanchez appeared before Superior Court Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio who imposed a $30,000 cash bail on the defendant.

Assistant Attorney General Heather Barcinas, who appeared for the government,  told the court that the punishment for each of the charges is five years’ imprisonment and a $5,000 fine.

Assistant Public Defender Karie Comstock was appointed by the court to represent Sanchez who was remanded to the Department of Corrections after the hearing. He was ordered to return to court on Sept. 14 at 2:30 p.m. for his preliminary hearing and on Sept. 28 at 9 a.m. for his arraignment.

In a statement to the media, DPS said it received a 911 call on Aug. 27, 2020 at 10:10 p.m. regarding a gunfire incident in San Jose.

“At the scene, officers met with the caller who informed them that their friend was shot in the leg [by someone in] a drive-by vehicle. Officers got the description of the vehicle and immediately notified all units to be on the lookout. Officers noticed [that the] victim was screaming in pain and…bleeding from his left thigh. Medics quickly transported Sanchez to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation for further treatment.”

In its complaint and affidavit of probable cause filed in court, DPS said a witness told police investigators that he saw Sanchez inside a FEMA tent, getting a black handgun from his backpack and cocking it.

Later, DPS added, the witness heard a loud bang and saw Sanchez put the hand gun on the table. The witness said Sanchez tried to stand up, but fell down on the ground.

Sanchez was previously convicted of the sale or possession of illegal firearm and was released from the Department of Corrections on June 25, 2018.

 

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