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Indiana man pistol-whipped over Bruno Mars song, police say

Posted: 4:10 AM, Sep 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-24 14:10:35Z

GREENWOOD, Indiana — An Indiana man said he was pistol-whipped Friday over an argument about a Bruno Mars song. 

The victim told police he and another friend went to visit their friend of 50 years in Greenwood, Indiana at about 5 p.m. local time. The victim said the three were talking and started arguing over whether a certain song was sung by Bruno Mars. The victim said it was, but the accused said it wasn't sung by Bruno Mars. 

The police report doesn't say what song the two friends were arguing about. 

The fight continued to escalate until the victim showed his friend that the song was by Bruno Mars. At that point, the victim said his friend pulled a gun out and pointed it at him, according to a police report. The victim said he called the accused a "chicken****," then the accused swung the gun at him, striking him in the face. 

The victim told police the gun went off when it hit him. He said he then took a swing at the other man, then the gun went off again. 

The victim and the friend he brought then went back home to Shelbyville. 

When making the police report hours later, the Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy asked the victim why nobody called 911. The victim said he was shocked at the time, and he wanted to get cleaned up and shower before making a report.

The deputy then called the other friend — the one the victim brought with him to the Greenwood house. That man corroborated what the victim said, and added that somebody has to be wrong with the accused for him to try and hurt his friends. 

Deputies went to the accused's house in Greenwood. The accused admitted to hitting the victim in the face with a .38 revolver, according to the report. He was arrested on suspicion of battery with injury and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.