Michael Anthony Randall Jr. literally shot himself in the foot.
According to the Augusta Chronicle, Randall, a teen robbery suspect, shot himself in the foot while preparing to rob a convenience store on the west side of Athens, Georgia.
Police said Randall, 19, shot himself above the ankle with a sawed-off shotgun when he tried to pull it from his coveralls.
Randall limped over to a woman and asked for a ride to the hospital because he accidentally shot himself. But, when officers arrived Randall claimed someone else did it but that he didn't know who.
After reviewing surveillance videos, investigators said Randall had his finger on the trigger of the shotgun, which was concealed beneath his coveralls with the barrel extending down his left leg, and that the gun went off as he tried to withdraw the weapon.
Randall was taken to the hospital. Doctors did not think they would be able to save foot due to extensive nerve and tissue damage.
Investigators plan to charge him with criminal attempt to commit armed robbery.
In criminal law, an attempt is an undertaking to do an act that entails more than mere preparation but does not result in the successful completion of the act.
Randall has a previous criminal record. He was arrested in 2007 on charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and selling cocaine within 1,000 feet of school grounds.
As part of a bargain with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of possession of cocaine, and a judge sentenced him to three years probation and ordered him to obtain a GED.
According to court records, Randall has violated his probation several times this year with new offenses including financial transaction card fraud, theft and other crimes.
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