Police: Teen lied about shooting self in leg

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A teen who police say accidentally shot himself in the leg faces gun charges after he initially told authorities he was injured in a drive-by shooting.

On Saturday, police were dispatched to the 500 block of Lane Street after receiving reports that a person had been shot. When officers arrived, they found 16-year-old Jamail S. Barnes suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg, according to Sgt. Steve Stroud.

Thirty-one-year-old Ramon E. Best, who was also on the scene, told police he had witnessed the shooting, according to Stroud.

Barnes and Best told police at the time that an unknown vehicle drove by and someone in the car shot Barnes, Stroud said.

Barnes was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for treatment of his injury.

After conducting an on-scene investigation, detectives determined that both men made up a story about the incident after Barnes accidentally shot himself, Stroud said.

Police obtained a search warrant for 501 Lane St. and Best’s vehicle.

After executing the search warrant, police discovered three guns, ammunition and 2 grams of crack cocaine, Stroud said.

One of the guns was stolen from an owner who had reported it to the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and another gun had an altered serial number, officials said.

Barnes has outstanding warrants for possession of a firearm with an altered serial number and possession of a handgun by a minor, Stroud said. Police will serve Barnes with those warrants once he is released from the hospital.

Best was arrested and charged with three counts of possession of a firearm by felon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number and possession of cocaine.

He received a $30,000 secured bond.