How to impress friends and family


An Indiana man is accused of shooting himself in order to prove his claims that he belonged to a gang, police say.

Zachary Booso, 19, reported to police that an unidentified man shot him with a homemade weapon during a robbery Saturday in Brownsburg, Ind.

But “suspicions arose surrounding Booso’s story when he told investigators that the shooter was 5 to 10 feet away, but then later claimed that the shot to his cheek had first entered his mouth,” the Hendricks County Flyer reports on its website.

Police in the Indianapolis suburb say Booso, a member of the U.S. Navy, acknowledged that he had staged the incident with a pellet gun to impress his friends and family.

“Nobody believed him, so this was going to … show all of them that he had been involved in a gang,” Brownsburg police Capt. Jeff Gray tells WRTV-TV.

You have to wonder about Bosso’s family, if they really would consider gang membership impressive. I always thought the way to impress my parents was to bring home good grades. Times must have changed in the last 30 years.

Bosso would be a Knucklehead candidate but I got bigger fish to fry.

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