A Gainesville man has been arrested in connection with the shooting of a man who was left bleeding at a Wal-Mart, according to Gainesville authorities.
Michael Hannigan, 34-year-old, was handling a .38-caliber pistol on June 20, according to his an official report. Hannigan was reportedly in a room with Shane Russell, 28-years-old, and an unnamed woman, when the gun went off and struck Russell in the chest.
According to report, Hannigan, who was identified as a convicted felon, feared he was going to get into trouble, so he ignored Russell’s requests to call for emergency assistance.
The authorities said Hannigan told the woman to put Russell into the backseat of her car to get him out of the area. She drove Russell to the Wal-Mart at 5700 NW 23rd St., and then left him there.
While on the way to Wal-Mart, Russell called 911, begging for help. Police say he told emergency operators he felt he was going to die, within earshot of the woman. Despite knowing Russell’s life was in danger, the woman also left the scene.
On June 22, a police officer identified Hannigan and the woman. Police say Hannigan admitted to accidentally shooting Russell, after initially telling them Russell shot himself. He also said he had been drinking during the accident, the official report said.
Hannigan turned over the gun used to police, which he had hidden inside a speaker in his house.
Investigators on the case filed a sworn complaint against Hannigan, and he was arrested by Florida Highway Patrol Friday.
Hannigan is charged with culpable negligence, tampering with and concealing physical evidence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Gainesville Police Department spokesman Ben Tobias said the woman’s role is still under investigation.
Hannigan was in the Alachua County Jail Monday, and bond was set at $280,000.
Source: Miami Herald