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Court papers show Norfolk man shopped for ammo before shooting friend

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NORFOLK — A Norfolk man who allegedly shot his friend in the leg because he was asked to told police he first tried to talk his friend out of it before shooting him, according to court documents.

Shawn B. Mossow, 25, 27 Morris St. Apt. 2, was charged Sunday with felony first-degree reckless endangerment by state police. He remains at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bail.

In a statement to police filed in Stockholm Town Court, Mr. Mossow said his roommate and closest friend, Wesley Bell, started asking him around noon Sunday if he would shoot him because Mr. Bell wanted to know what it felt like.

But Mr. Mossow said they had no gun or ammunition and it wasn’t a good idea, his statement said.

“I told Wesley I didn’t think that it would feel good. Wesley kept repeatedly asking me to shoot him in the leg. I told him it was kind of hard when we don’t have a gun and the ammunition,” Mossow noted in his statement.

But Mossow said Mr. Bell agreed to purchase the gas so they could drive to Walmart in Potsdam to buy ammunition, documents said. He said this wasn’t the first time Mr. Bell asked to be shot so he could know what it felt like. He said after purchasing the ammo the two men returned to his Norfolk residence.

“I was asking over and over if that was what he really wanted, and he kept saying yes. After a while, he went into the utility room with his grandfather’s old .22 and it had no clip,” Mossow told troopers.

Mr. Mossow said he put only one bullet in his pocket planning to miss on purpose and have no more bullets as the two men prepared to go for a ride, he said in the statement.

He said the two men drove around for a period of time before stopping on Southville-West Stockholm Road. “I was driving all over hoping he would lose his confidence,” Mossow said in his statement.

He said as soon as they stopped the vehicle Mr. Bell began getting amped and all psyched up. “I tried to talk him out of it, but it didn’t work. Wesley handed the rifle to me, and I put one round in the chamber,” Mossow noted.

Mr. Mossow said he fumbled with gun for four or five minutes hoping his friend would back out. “Wesley kept asking me if I wanted him to do it, and I kept telling him no... I pointed the gun behind his leg and pulled but it wouldn’t fire because the safety was on. I did this a couple of times figuring Wesley would lose his courage but it didn’t happen.” he said.

“Wesley was getting very unhappy with it and was asking me if I wanted him to show me how it was done. The fifth try I actually took the safety off and tried to miss him but his leg was bent, and I caught him right below the knee. Wesley dropped and said that it did not hurt as much as I thought it would,” Mossow added.

He said he then took Mr. Bell to Canton-Potsdam Hospital and dropped him off to receive medical care. He then went back to his apartment in Norfolk and told Mr. Bell’s father his son had been shot in the leg by another person during an argument. He said he initially told state police the shooting had been an accident.

“I really need to get the hell away from Wesley. He doesn’t handle rejection very well and has a short fuse,” Mossow said in his statement to state police investigators.

He also expressed concern his arrest could impact his employment as a dealer at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino.

Police said Mr. Bell is expected to make a full recovery.

Investigator Darin Chartrand said they have yet to interview Mr. Bell about the incident and the investigation is open. Mr. Chartrand said there was no indication alcohol was involved in the incident.

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