- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

CAMAS, Wash. (AP) - Police in Camas have arrested a tattoo parlor owner who they say had an employee to shoot him as part of a club initiation.

Camas Police say officers responded to a shooting Wednesday evening at a tattoo parlor in southwest Washington.

Police on Friday said 38-year-old James Hoffman of Battle Ground told officers someone had come into his shop and fired a handgun at him. He suffered minor injuries.

Police canvassed the neighborhood and interviewed witnesses. Police say investigators later determined that Hoffman had an employee shoot him so he could be initiated into an Internet-based “club” where members were required to be shot.

Hoffman and the worker were arrested and booked at the Clark County Jail on investigation of reckless endangerment, false reporting and other charges.

Police said the shooting put the public at risk and used up public resources.


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