Washington State (The Gaslamp Post) -Police have called off a search for a man who had reportedly shot a young woman in the chest at her home this past Thursday morning because apparently the unidentified suspect doesn’t exist.
Officers responding to a report of a woman in her early 20’s who was shot, found the supposed victim in her home in Bellingham. She reportedly told police that she heard a knock at the door and when she answered, was shot in the chest by a masked man who then ran off.
She was able to call 911 herself and was transported to St. Jude Hospital for emergency treatment.
Within hours police had an Asian man whom they called a “person of interest” in custody after the shooting, because of his known history with the victim. He was reportedly held and detained by police at his workplace for 40 minutes.
A second “person of interest” was also located and detained by police while he was interviewed. Both suspects were released after being embarrassed and humiliated by authorities after being determined to have had nothing to do with the shooting.
Police questioning the woman about the attack put two and two together on Saturday and were able to get her to admit that there never was a masked gunman. After several days of police canvassing the area and detaining any possible suspect, the woman finally admitted to accidentally shooting herself.
Officers at the scene located and recovered a small caliber handgun which was found to belong the the woman’s boyfriend. Whatcom County prosecutors are reviewing the case to determine if charges will be filed.