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NEW: Woman accused of hoax over attempted robbery in Charleston

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A woman claimed she was robbed and shot in the finger, but Charleston police later found out she shot herself in the finger while she was handling a small handgun inside her apartment on McCormick Street.

Requioa Cochran told police that she was shot in the hand by a man who tried to rob her at the transit mall in Charleston on Monday afternoon.

Investigators later found out that Cochran made up the entire story after accidentally shooting herself in the hand.

It's unclear if charges will be filed against Cochran when she is released from CAMC.

Police believe that Cochran's boyfriend, Kerry Jemison, helped her carry out the hoax. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant for past child support and carrying a concealed weapon, but is not charged in connection to the shooting.


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A young woman is recovering at the hospital after she was shot in the hand.

Charleston Police said someone tried to rob the woman of her purse and money.

It happened just after 11:15 a.m. between Washington Street East and Margeret Street.

The robber shot the woman in the hand and ran off, police said.

They are currently searching the downtown Charleston area for the shooter, detectives said.

The victim is recovering at Charleston Area Medical Center.  She is being interviewed by officers right now.