A Fairmont man was charged Wednesday with wanton endangerment and possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute after he apparently accidentally shot himself in the hand in the presence of other people and some drug paraphernalia.

Vincent Irving Robinson, 36, of 1106 Alexander Place, Fairmont, remained in the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County on a $50,000 bond Thursday afternoon.

Robinson went to Fairmont General Hospital on Wednesday and was treated for the gunshot wound. Detective W.M. Pigott of the Fairmont Police Department interviewed him at the hospital but did not know how Robinson got there.

“We found him at the hospital,” Pigott said.

At the residence where the incident took place, 230 Allegheny Ave., Fairmont, police found 10 grams of crack cocaine, electronic scales and a box of sandwich baggies, “which were later recovered,” according to a police report filed by Pigott.

The report also states that Robinson was “in possession of an unknown caliber handgun, which he discharged into his hand.”

At the time of the incident, at least two other people, a woman identified as Angel Rudd and her son, were in the room, prompting the wanton endangerment charge.

Fairmont Police Chief Steve Cain said the gunshot wound appeared to be accidental, but that during the initial investigation, “people are changing their stories.”

Cain said the incident took place at about 1:30 p.m. or 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Robinson was taken to the North Central Regional Jail after he was treated for the gunshot wound.

Both charges are felonies, according to the police statement. The possession charge is punishable by one to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $25,000 fine. The wanton endangerment charge carries a potential penalty of up to one year and/or a fine ranging from $250 to $2,500.

E-mail Mary Wade Burnside at mwburnside@timeswv.com.

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