Details emerge as Giants receiver Plaxico Burress turns himself in to police

December 1, 2008

New York (ChattahBox) — Nearly three days after accidentally shooting himself in the thigh with an unlicensed .40-caliber handgun, details are coming together about what happened to Giants receiver Plaxico Burress at the midtown club Latin Quarter. Today at 8 a.m., Burress, escorted by his lawyer, walked calmly into the 17th Precinct station house at East 51st Street and Lexington Avenue — three blocks north of the night club where the incident took place — as throngs of onlookers, some of them heckling, and reporters stood behind metal barricades. Burress did not appear to be limping, and said nothing as he entered the precinct, turning himself in on a felony weapons charge. His lawyer, Benjamin Branfman, emerged moments later and said Mr. Burress would “deal with the legal process in a responsible and professional manner.”  However what happen after the incident seemed hardly professional.

The Post reports that a series of efforts to hide the injury and crime of carrying the unlicensed concealed weapon characterized the hours after the gunshot. First, employees at Latin Quarter didn’t report the incident to police, and rushed Burress out of the club without even cleaning up the mess he left behind. Burress, a star player with a history of trouble both on and off the field, could face more than three years in prison, the authorities have said, because he did not have a permit to carry a gun in New York City.

He allegedly took the gun with him and spent roughly 90 minutes calling hospitals to see where he could be treated discreetly, after which he went to New York–Cornell Hospital and checked in under a false name, even though hospital workers recognized him. Burress told administrators in the emergency room that his name was Harris Smith and that he was shot at Applebee’s, which was apparently believable enough for them to decide not to report the gunshot wound as required by law.

Officials from the NFL and the Giants have yet to determine what, if any, punishment Burress would receive as a result of the incident.The police have said they are also interested in talking with Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce, who was with Burress when the gun went off in an alcove near the V.I.P. room section of the Latin Quarters nightclub. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw was with them, but he was in a different part of the club at the time of the shooting.


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