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Ex-Con Who Shot Self Linked to Stolen Guns

A North Lauderdale man accidentally shot himself in the thigh, then shot himself in the proverbial foot when he was seen holding a bag of stolen guns on his own home surveillance video, Broward Sheriff's deputies say.

Not only is Jeffery Shaw a convicted felon forbidden from possessing a gun, but, Detective Eric Rodriguez said, Shaw had disposed of four guns after shooting himself.

Detectives say someone called 911 and reported that Shaw, 34, had been shot just before 1 a.m. Tuesday and was being driven to a hospital, where they caught up with him.

"When we got there this guy is claiming somebody shot him while he was sitting outside in the yard smoking a cigarette," Rodriguez said.

Detectives were told that Shaw, who lives in the 8100 block of Southwest Fifth Court, made a "pit stop" at a Tamarac Walgreens and disposed of a red laundry bag behind the store. "They dump it back there in the bushes, then they continue to the hospital," Rodriguez said.

While Shaw was being treated for his gunshot wound, deputies investigated a report that the bag contained guns.

"Wowzers," Rodriguez said. "We head [to Walgreens] and it's confirmed there are guns [in the bag]."

Two rifles, two handguns and magazines with ammunition were found. Record checks revealed the rifles and one handgun had been reported stolen; Rodriguez said the other handgun might have been the weapon with which Shaw wounded himself.

Shaw refused to talk with detectives, but no matter. They discovered there was surveillance video from a camera mounted outside his home that shows Shaw walking out the door with a red laundry bag.

He was charged with four counts of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and three counts of grand theft of a firearm, among other charges. He was being held on $12,500 bond at the Broward Main Jail.

Staff researcher Barbara Hijek contributed to this story.

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