Police in San Antonio say a group of friends panicked after one of them accidentally shot another in the back, and tried to pin the whole thing on a "Hispanic male" who never existed.

Three men and two women were inside a car near the Las Colinas Apartments on Chase Hill Blvd, having just returned from picking up a gun.

One of the men, a 19-year-old, was reportedly handling the weapon in a "reckless" manner when it suddenly went off, striking one of the women in the lower back.

Emergency services arrived at the scene around midnight and rushed the 20-year-old to a nearby hospital where she remains in stable condition.

According to investigators, the friends who rounded up told officers that the shooting took place during a robbery attempt by an Hispanic male who forced his way into their vehicle.

It was ultimately revealed after hours of interrogation that the story was fabricated to cover up for one of the car's occupants.

He was ultimately found hiding behind the apartment complex, and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and evading arrest.

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