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More Details in Abington Apartment Shooting

The man who shot himself was high and used an illegal gun, police said.

Abington Police respond to the Mt. Vernon Gardens apartment complex for a call of 'shots fired' early Tuesday morning. Credit: Mischa Arnosky
Abington Police respond to the Mt. Vernon Gardens apartment complex for a call of 'shots fired' early Tuesday morning. Credit: Mischa Arnosky

The man who shot himself in the leg at an Abington apartment complex was high on cocaine and “hearing and seeing things that weren’t there,” according to police.

Ulysses Hood, of Easton Road, Glenside, was arrested Dec. 17 after police responded to a call after neighbors at the Mt. Vernon Gardens apartment complex reported gunshots.

See the initial post on Abington Patch here.

When police arrived, they found Hood, 44, in the living room, lying on the floor with a small amount of blood coming from his left ankle; a small, black .25-cal. Sundance Industries A-25 handgun was within reaching distance of Hood on the floor, police said.

Hood was transported to Abington Memorial Hospital for treatment and was later arrested.

Police said Hood’s girlfriend gave a written statement in which she admitted to snorting cocaine and smoking marijuana laced with cocaine. Hood began to get irate and “was hearing and seeing things that weren’t there;” he then went to his bedroom, retrieved the gun, started “waving it around” and then shot himself in the leg, the report continued. 

According to police, Hood said that his girlfriend shot him. Hood, who lives in the apartment by himself, also admitted to buying the handgun earlier in the year “off the street” in Philadelphia, police said.

According to court documents, Hood had multiple drug arrests in 2007 and 2008; he entered an open guilty plea for possession with intent to deliver for one to two years of county time, plus two years of probation. 

Instead of surrendering to start his sentence, he went on the run and a bench warrant was issued.

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