Gold Coast ‘home invasion victim’ actually shot himself, police believe: sources

Police now believe that a man who said home invaders shot him inside his Gold Coast apartment Friday morning actually shot himself, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

“It’s one of those that is not what it seems like,” one source said, characterizing the incident as a “drug deal gone wrong.”

The 34-year-old man originally told police three men blasted him with pepper spray and shot him in the hand after he answered a knock on his 15th floor apartment door a round 11:37 a.m., according to a CPD statement that was issued shortly after the incident.

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He went on to say the masked men took some of his property. Witnesses saw a white box truck fleeing the scene and cops went to the vehicle’s registered address in Cicero to ask questions.

But sources now say police believe the so-called home invaders may have been conducting a drug transaction when the man shot himself in the hand.

“They took his gun and ran,” after the shooting one source said.

Chicago police confirmed that their investigation is now leaning toward a self-inflicted injury, but the department declined to provide further specifics about what detectives believe transpired.

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