Would-be robber shot with own gun, police say

A gunman was hospitalized Saturday night after being shot with his own gun in an attempted armed robbery, according to police.

North Charleston police responded shortly before 7 p.m. to Sumner Avenue after receiving a report about the shooting, police spokesman Spencer Pryor said.

The alleged victim told investigators that three young males had approached him after he walked out of his home. One of the suspects had a silver revolver, the victim reported, and they demanded money.

The victim grabbed the weapon and a struggle ensued. The victim managed to shoot the gunman in the left thigh, Pryor said. The other two suspects ran from the scene.

The wounded suspect, a juvenile, was transported to Medical University Hospital.

Pryor said the suspect is charged with armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, and possession of a firearm by a juvenile and was transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

The shooting remains under investigation, Pryor said.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.