Police: Man accidentally shot himself, had meth at hotel

North Charleston Inn Shooting
Shawn Walsh (Source: CCDC)
Shawn Walsh (Source: CCDC)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston police now say the man injured in a shooting at a hotel Wednesday accidentally shot himself and also had meth.

North Charleston Police Department Public Information Officer Spencer Pryor said 34-year-old Shawn Corey Walsh was charged with filing a false report and possession of a methamphetamine.

Officers were called out at around 7:30 p.m. in reference to a shooting at the North Charleston Inn on West Montague Avenue. When authorities arrived on scene they met with Walsh in front of the hotel.

Walsh told police he was walking near his hotel room, when he was approached by a man who asked him for a light for a cigarette. Walsh told police he went into his room to get the lighter and saw the suspect standing in front of his room.

Walsh said the suspect pushed him back into the room and pulled out a gun, and a struggle ensued in which the suspect tried to grab the gun.

Walsh was shot in the right hand.

Police arrested him after they determined he made the story up.

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