BRIDGETON — A local man may have thought the weapon was a fake, but the results showed it was all too real.

The man wound up being shot twice by the weapon, which he tried to take from one of two assailants allegedly trying to rob him early Tuesday, city police said.

According to police, the victim was seated in a car near the Amity Heights apartment complex on Pamphylia Avenue around 12:30 a.m. when he was approached by two men, one of whom pointed a handgun at him and demanded money. The victim then got out of the vehicle and attempted to grab the handgun, thinking it was fake, they said.

Five shots were eventually fired, police said, with one hitting the victim in a hand and another grazing his thigh. The victim was treated at a nearby medical facility and released, they said.

“Some evidence was recovered at the scene, which will be analyzed, and detectives are currently attempting to interview potential witnesses in Amity Heights,” said Bridgeton police Lt. James Battavio.

Police described the victim’s assailants as males, both wearing black hooded sweatshirts. One of the suspects was wearing red sweat pants, and the other was wearing white sweat pants.

Anyone with information can call Police Department at 856-451-0033.

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