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PAWTUCKET â€“ Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery after a man showed up at the hospital Tuesday afternoon with a gunshot wound to the foot, they said.
Marquis Hopper, 20, of Pawtucket, suffered a small-caliber bullet wound to the foot and was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, said Major Arthur Martins. He is expected to be okay.
Ahcheal Harris, 18, Hopperâ€™s brother, told police they were walking together on West Avenue about 3 p.m. when a silver car pulled up and stopped alongside them, near the intersection of Sisson and Knowles streets. Three men got out of the car and one of them ordered Hopper and Harris to â€śempty your pockets,â€ť Martins said.
The brothers refused to give the men any money and Hopper began struggling with one who was armed with a gun.
â€śDuring the struggle the firearm goes off, striking the victim in the foot,â€ť said Martins.
The brothers called a friend for a ride to the hospital, where the medical staff contacted the police about an hour and a half after the attempted robbery, Martins said.
The account of the attempted robbery was given to police largely by the victimâ€™s brother, Martins said. The police were not immediately able to conduct an interview with Hopper because he was in treatment. Martins said they filed a complaint.
The brothers did not recognize the men who tried to rob them, Martins said, and they did not get a registration number from the vehicle in which they fled after the struggle.
The investigation is continuing. On tap is a follow-up interview with Hopper, Martins said.
â€śAnytime you have gunfire or gunplay during the course of an incident itâ€™s a concern to law enforcement,â€ť said Martins. â€śThese things pose an element of danger.â€ť
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