Federal Way

Police: Shooting 'victim' actually shot self with newly bought gun

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- It turns out a 19-year-old man who showed up at a friend's house Tuesday night with a gunshot wound to the stomach and a tale about being shot at a Federal Way gas station actually shot himself with a newly -- and illegally -- purchased handgun, according to the Federal Way Police Department.

The teen told a friend he was getting gas when he exchanged words with some men, who threw rocks at his car and then shot him.

But, according to police that's not what actually happened.

An investigation revealed the teen actually went to the gas station to buy a gun off a man, according to police. After the transaction was complete, the  teen accidentally shot himself.

According to police, who recovered the gun, it had been reported as stolen by the Tacoma Police Department back in December 2012. Plus, no on under the age of 21 can legally purchase a handgun.

The teen, who was treated for his injury at Harborview Medical Center, is being charged with possession of a stolen gun. Police are still trying to figure out who sold it to him.