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Man shoots himself in leg on East Side: NYPD

Police found a firearm on 85th Street and 1st Avenue after a man was found shot in his car over ten blocks away in the Upper East Side on Jan. 4.
Photo by Dean Moses

Detectives are investigating an Upper East Side shooting on Tuesday night that left a 20-year-old man injured.

Police said the victim was found shot inside a Tesla vehicle at the corner of East 96th Street and 1st Avenue at about 7:45 p.m. on Jan. 4.

Officers from the 19th Precinct, in responding to a 911 call about the shooting, found the victim with a bullet wound to his right leg. 

Based on a preliminary investigation, police believe the 20-year-old man had been initially shot near the corner of East 84th Street and 1st Avenue, and the driver continued on the pedal until he came to a halt on 96 Street and 1st Avenue. He was swiftly transported to Weill Cornell hospital by EMS in stable condition.

The 20-year-old man was found in a Tesla car with a gunshot wound to his right leg. Photo by Dean Moses
The Tesla was parked on 96th Street and 1st Avenue. Photo by Dean Moses

A cavalcade of officers and squad cars descended upon both intersections, closing the area off while conducting their investigation.

A handgun decorated with golden stars was recovered laying in a bike lane beside a trash bag on 84th Street. It was later determined by detectives that the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.

A gun imbued with stars was recovered on 84th Street and 1st Avenue. Photo by Dean Moses

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