'Count these bullets': Man denies shooting friend in head, changes story with evidence, court records say


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An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with accidentally shooting his friend in the head, according to court documents.

Pedro Alejandro Claro-Fernandez,18, originally denied knowing who had the handgun during the incident, then changed his story when evidence was presented, court documents said.

On June 29, Phoenix police responded to a shooting in the Burger King parking lot near Indian School Road and 43rd Avenue.

When police arrived, they found an individual in the front-passenger seat of a black Scion with a gunshot wound in the head.

The victim, who was not identified in court records, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Court documents said three witnesses who were in the vehicle at the time provided officers with information.

Claro-Fernandez, one of the passengers, left the vehicle before police arrived, according to witness statements.

The driver of the vehicle believed the gunshot sound came from behind him, where Claro-Fernandez was sitting, according to court documents.

One passenger, who was leaving the vehicle just before the gun fired, saw Claro-Fernandez with a black handgun, court documents said.

Witness statements also said after the gun fired, Claro-Fernandez panicked and ran to a local business where he made a phone call. Shortly after, somebody drove to the location and picked him up, court records said.

Police determined that Claro-Fernandez had been sitting behind the driver when the gun fired, court records said. Claro-Fernandez was arrested on Wednesday.

According to the court documents, he originally stated that he did not see who had the gun.

However, when evidence was presented, he changed his story and admitted to shooting his friend when the gun discharged by accident, court records said.

Court documents said the victim made a joke about Claro-Fernandez not being able to count money, prompting Claro-Fernandez to raise the handgun and say to the victim, "Count these bullets," court documents said.

Claro-Fernandez told police he and the victim often made jokes and pointed guns at each other, court records said.

Claro-Fernandez was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail for investigation of manslaughter, court documents said.

His next court hearing is July 13 at Maricopa County Superior Court.

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