Man Shoots Himself at Va. Motel, Blames 2 Black Men: Police - NBC4 Washington

Julie Carey, David Culver and the News4 team covering where you live

Man Shoots Himself at Va. Motel, Blames 2 Black Men: Police



    Under the Tucson Sun
    NBC Washington

    A man who shot himself at a motel in Virginia with a stolen gun lied to police and blamed the shooting on two black men, officials say. 

    Eric Hunter Jones, 23, is accused of recklessly handling a gun and filing a false police report, among other charges. 

    Police responded to a report of a shooting at an Econo Lodge in Spotsylvania County, Virginia about 11:40 p.m. Saturday. 

    They found Jones with a gunshot wound to his leg. Jones told the deputies that two black men approached him outside and one of them shot him.

    Detectives interviewed witnesses to try to identify a suspect and discovered Jones had shot himself. They searched the room he had been in and found a stolen gun. As a felon, Jones was barred from having any gun. 

    He was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, receiving stolen property, reckless handling of a firearm and filing a false police report.

    He was taken to a hospital and later released into police custody. He was being held without bond. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

    Watch NBC4 and get the latest news anytime, anywhere. Check here for TV listings.