Person found in car with minor gunshot wound

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HANCOCK COUNTY — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a shooting in which a man was found early Tuesday morning, Nov. 30, in his vehicle with a minor wound in the leg.

It was the second report of a shooting overnight in western Hancock County. Investigators concluded the first one was a hoax.

The first call came in around 11:15 p.m. Monday night; the caller asked officials to investigate a shooting in the 2600 block of North County Road 600W near the Pilot gas station. That call ended up being unfounded, said Capt. Robert Harris, public information officer for the sheriff’s department.

Officers searched the lot, spoke with numerous truck drivers and employees, and declared the call to be a prank. The call had been made to the Pilot store, which does not have caller ID.

Then, around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, deputies were called to the 6500 block of West County Road 200N, about a mile from the Pilot station. They were asked to assist medics who were treating a person who had been shot.

“At this location, there was someone in a vehicle who had just suffered a minor gunshot wound to the leg,” Harris said.

Initially, dispatchers thought this may be the person from the earlier call at Pilot, but deputies determined that was not the case. The male was transported to Hancock Regional Hospital with a single, superficial gunshot wound to his leg.

Deputies retrieved a loaded handgun from the scene. The investigation is continuing, and detectives are not releasing more details. Harris said, however, that there is no threat to the public and that the sheriff’s department is not seeking suspects.

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