It took several hours of interrogation and investigation to sort it out, but police on Friday said initial reports that a 21-year-old woman had been shot during a night of revelry turned out not to be true.
Officers were dispatched to a restaurant near Ridge Road and Taft at about 4:20 a.m. to investigate a report of someone who left without paying for their meal, authorities said. When they got there, they noticed a woman sitting on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant.
As they were talking to her, an officer noticed that she had blood on her clothing and what appeared to be a gunshot wound in the lower left part of her back.
The woman was not aware of the wound, though she did recall hearing three "pops" at about 12:30 a.m. to the east of the bar in the 700 block of North West Street where she had been drinking.
She was taken to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis for treatment and admitted due to her blood-alcohol level, police said.
Extensive investigation determined the woman's injury was the result of a fall, not gunfire, Lt. Todd Ojile said.
"It was not a shooting," he said.
She was not the person implicated in the dine-and-dash case at the restaurant, police said.