A 21-year-old Newark man is facing charges after he allegedly shot his friend while “playing with” a gun, police said.

The incident happened shortly after 6 p.m. July 3 on Madison Drive in the College Park neighborhood, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.

No one called 911, and police only learned of the shooting after Nih’ki Price dropped the victim off at Christiana Hospital and hospital officials notified authorities of the shooting.

According to court documents, Price, the victim and several witnesses all lied to detectives about how the shooting happened.

Price claimed that he was inside the house when the victim walked in and said he had been shot.

“When questioned, Price denied knowing anything about how the shooting occurred or who shot [the] victim,” Det. Taras Gerosimov wrote in court documents.

The victim initially claimed he was hanging out with Price and other friends when a stranger approached and shot him.

Days later, the victim acknowledged that he panicked and lied to protect Price, who he described as a longtime friend, according to court records.

The victim said he and Price were in a basement bedroom of the house while Price was playing with a revolver and pointing it at him.

“Victim stated that he told Nih’ki Price to stop pointing the gun at him; however, Nih’ki Price at one point pointed the gun at him, smiled, and fired it,” Gerosimov wrote.

The victim added that he believed the shooting was unintentional but isn’t sure.

On July 16, police arrested Price and charged him with first-degree assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and providing a false statement to law enforcement. He was jailed after failing to post $122,000 cash bail.

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