Belmont Ave. store owner accused of lying to police
By John W. Goodwin Jr.
Police have charged a North Side businessman with misdemeanor obstructing official business saying he provided misleading information about how a man was shot in his Belmont Avenue store.
Police arrested Hussien Samad, 19, of Liberty, Wednesday evening after an interview with officers concerning the shooting of David A. McLaughlin inside a store at 718 Belmont Ave. that day. McLaughlin appeared at St. Elizabeth Health Center with a gunshot wound to the calf.
McLaughlin initially told police he left the store walking along Belmont when he heard a single shot and realized he was shot in the leg. He said he walked to the hospital after being shot.
McLaughlin later changed his story to say he, Samad and two other men were inside the store looking at a gun when the weapon discharged and he was shot in the leg, reports say. He did not say who was handling the gun or who owned the weapon.
Samad, according to police reports, came to the hospital as McLaughlin was being treated and was questioned by police. He initially told police he was standing in the back of the store when he heard a gunshot and discovered McLaughlin standing in the parking lot with a gunshot wound to the leg.
Samad later changed his story several times, reports say. He told police the gun in the store had been left there by someone else about three months ago.
Police searched the store and did find two guns inside. They also noted the area behind the counter was “freshly mopped with the strong odor of cleaning detergent.”
McLaughlin was in stable condition at the hospital late Thursday. Charges against him are pending, police added.