Monday, Mar 10, 2014
Carbondale Shooting Leaves One Wounded, Suspect at Large
JACKSON COUNTY -- Police say the two people involved in Tuesday's shooting knew one another. So far, no suspects in custody.
According to police, the suspect started firing a gun during a disagreement in the 100 block of N. Gum. He left the scene on foot shortly after. Police believe this was an isolated crime, but that doesn't comfort people nearby. Especially since the suspect remains at large.
"Officers learned two acquaintances were in an argument over money. During the argument one of the acquaintances brandished a firearm and fired in the direction of the victim," Sergeant Corey Kemp said.
Police say the victim was shot in the head.
"He was telling me he was bleeding. He was bleeding so I looked at him and called the police," explained J.D. Carter, the victim's uncle.
Carter knew the suspect, even says they're friends. He never expected what transpired between the men.
"Why would you intimidate a 60 year old man? Why would you pull a gun up on me?" he wondered.
A motive is still unclear to Carter, who says the dispute wasn't over drugs or money.
Neighbor Zach didn't want us to use his last name. He says crime is common in the area.
"This is like the third time in like the last I would say three or four months you know that somebody got shot around here," Zach added.
It's a shock every time the violence hits close to home.
"I'm from Chicago, but why is it happening right outside of my door," he questioned.
The apartment building on Gum may sit between three churches, but there's little sanctuary in this neighborhood.
"It's like a magnet to people getting shot around here drugs and guns is everywhere, but why is people getting shot in this area?" added Zach.
The victim has since been treated and released from Memorial Hospital. Police say they're looking into an acquaintance of the victim. At this point, they don't have enough information to make an arrest.
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