The gun that Giants wide receiver Plaxico BurressPlaxico Burress fumbled and shot himself in thigh with is now in cops' hands, police sources said.
NYPD detectives and cops from Burress' home town in Totowa, NJ went to the star wideout's home at about 5 p.m. this evening to collect the handgun and bring it back to the 17th Precinct stationhouse on the East Side, where Buress is supposed to turn himself in tomorrow on weapons possession charges.
Burress, 31, accidentally shot himself in the right thigh early Saturday morning at Midtown nightclub Latin Quarter with a gun he was not legally permitted to carry, police sources said.
He also faces a possible charge of reckless endangerment.
"We will make arrangements for Mr. Burress to be present when required," defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman said after spending an hour at the troubled player's Totowa, N.J., home. "He's not running away from this.
"He intends to deal with this responsibly, and we hope it works out in the end. I would ask that the public, the GiantsNew York Giants , the media and everybody else withhold judgment.
"He's presumed innocent, hasn't been convicted of anything, and we have a long road ahead of us."
Burress arrived at the club with teammates Antonio PierceAntonio Pierce and Derrick Ward around midnight, and was allowed to bring his weapon inside after going through a metal detector and being frisked, sources said.
A short time later, as he was being escorted upstairs to the VIP area, the gun became loose in his waistband and a round went off. He was shot through the same injured thigh which had already kept him out of today's 23-7 victory over the Washington Redskins.
Burress refused medical care at the club and left with his teammates, turning up two hours later at New York Hospital, where he spent the next 12 hours. The hospital and club never reported the shooting to the police.
New York Hospital continued to deny that Buress was a patient there....