November 22, 2012

Saranac Lake gunshot likely self-inflicted

SARANAC LAKE — Police say the man who sustained a gunshot wound to his shoulder Tuesday likely shot himself and created a false story.

“It’s not what was first reported,” Saranac Lake Police Chief Bruce Nason said Wednesday afternoon.

The 55-year-old man, whose name was not released, had told police he was accosted by two men, one of whom had a long gun. The supposed victim said he pushed the gun away and was shot in the shoulder.

The man, found on the train tracks near Pine Street just before 7 p.m., told police the men had taken money from his pocket after the shooting.

The investigation was not yet complete, Nason said, but he wanted to let people know the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.

“I do want the public to be (reassured) that no robbery occurred,” he said. “We were looking for two suspects — they don’t exist.”

Police had been searching for the two men described by the injured man and also for a supposed witness and had asked the public’s help.

Nason said the man’s name and more information will be released once the investigation is wrapped up. He said the man’s injuries were most likely non life-threatening.

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