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Police: Rock Hill man arrested after shooting himself in leg

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A Rock Hill man was charged with discharging a firearm in city limits after shooting himself in the leg at a shopping center early Wednesday, according to Rock Hill Police.

Johnny Valdez, 21, was placed in the Rock Hill city jail, where he remained Wednesday under $500 bond, according to jail records.

Officers received a call about a gunshot victim near the Walmart on Old York Road just after 1:30 a.m., according to a police report. They found Valdez with a gunshot wound to the leg.

Valdez told officers he and a few men were in the parking lot shooting their guns into the air, and that one of the other men accidentally shot him in the leg, police said. He said he fired three shots into the air before putting the gun in his pocket.

An officer couldn’t find the gun in Valdez’s pocket when he searched him, the report states. Valdez was “highly uncooperative” and not helpful in describing or identifying the suspects, the report states.

A medic told officers the gunshot wound on Valdez’s leg and the hole in his pocket were consistent with him shooting himself with his own gun, police say. Officers took Valdez to get medical treatment for the gunshot wound on his leg before taking him to jail.

Valdez could not say whether it was his gun that injured him, investigators say. A 20-year-old man who was with Valdez was charged with possession of beer or wine by a person under 21.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala

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