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Shooting victim doesn't want to press charges

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville teen and admitted gang member twice shot in his leg told authorities he'd rather not press charges, according to police.

Police interviewed the 17-year-old after he'd been dropped off Friday at Gwinnett Medical Center. Hospital staff had notified police when the teen arrived with two punctures resembling bullet holes in his left leg.

The teen told police he belonged to a street gang called Automatic Bucking Tip, or ABT, and that he was shot by an acquaintance he knew only as Austin, or AJ, according to a police report.

The teen said he'd encountered the shooter while walking to a friend's home at Water Vistas Apartments to smoke marijuana. After a brief confrontation, the assailant produced a large silver revolver and fired two shots, striking him in the lower leg, the teen told police.

The teen phoned a friend who picked him up and later took him to the Lawrenceville hospital. A responding officer noted the teen switched his story several times, insisting that he did not want to prosecute the shooter.

"It is unclear as to what actually occurred," the officer wrote, "other than the victim sustained a gunshot wound to his left leg."

Police took custody of the victim's blue jeans and placed them into evidence at headquarters "in case further investigation is needed," the officer wrote.

The teen admitted to police he'd lied several times, but maintained he would be more forthcoming with the truth if an officer came by his house the following day, the report says.

No charges have been filed against the teen, jail records show.