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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, of 27 Morris St. Apt. 2, was charged Sunday with felony first-degree reckless endangerment by state police. He remains at the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

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. Mr. Bell presented a .22 caliber rifle and the two went 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.

Mr. Mossow said they went back to the apartment where he put only one bullet in his pocket planning to miss on purpose and have no more bullets, he said in the statement.

But Mr. Mossow didn’t miss.

After driving to Southville-West Stockholm Road, Mr. Bell began getting “amped and all psyched up.”

Mr. Mossow said he fumbled with gun for four or five minutes hoping his friend would back out.

Mr. Mossow told police he then shot his just friend just below the right knee. He said he didn’t mean to shoot him.

Mr. Bell said it didn’t hurt as much as he thought it would, Mr. Mossow’s statement said.

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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