A man retrieved his weapon to defend himself during an early morning attack, but dropped it, Atlanta police said. He told authorities one of the attackers picked it up and shot him in the hand.
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Man shot with own gun in downtown attack, police say

A man told Atlanta police he was shot Friday morning after a scuffle downtown that involved his own gun changing hands with his alleged attackers.

According to police, the man called 911 around 2:10 a.m. to report he was walking to his vehicle in the area of 150 Pine Street when two men attacked him. The victim drew his gun to defend himself, but he dropped it, and one of the assailants picked it up, he told officials.

“The handgun was then recovered by one of the suspects, who fired a round at the victim, striking him in the hand,” Atlanta police spokesman Officer Jarius Daugherty said. 

Somehow, the shooter dropped the gun, and the victim regained control of it, according to police.

“The victim then fired upon the suspects and the suspects fled the location,” Daugherty said.

The victim called police from the area of Peachtree and Baker streets after getting into his car and driving away.

He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition. He has not been named.

Police said they are looking into the incident further.

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