Michael Taschler of Lehighton owed $45 to another borough resident for drugs he bought in the past.
That debt nearly cost him his life.
Joseph Pellegrino, 42, of Kunkletown, tried to collect the money from Taschler for his friend.
Pellegrino pulled out a gun and fired it at Taschler at close range. The gun didn't go off. Pellegrino reloaded, but Taschler managed to flee without injury.