Shooting victim driving self to hospital, stops and hitches ride with ambulance

Published 3:51 pm Saturday, August 24, 2019

Natchez police are investigating a Friday night shooting that occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. as the victim drove his car along Inez Street, Natchez Police Chief Walter Armstrong said.

The bullet went through the car door and hit the victim in the leg, Armstrong said, and the victim attempted to drive himself to the hospital.

At some point, however, the victim was intercepted by an ambulance in the vicinity of the Natchez Walmart, perhaps in the parking lot of the Walmart, Armstrong said.

The commotion at the Walmart prompted some people to believe a shooting had occurred at Walmart. That is not the case, Armstrong said.

“The victim said he was driving along the 500 block of Inez Street when a car pulled up beside him,” Armstrong said. “He didn’t know who fired the shots.”

Armstrong said the victim was responsive and able to talk to police officers, and the wound did not appear to be life threatening.

Police were able to collect some evidence at the scene and also recovered a gun from the victim.

Armstrong said officers had not been able to speak to eyewitnesses as of late Friday night and asked that anyone with information on who might have shot the victim to call the Natchez Police department at 601-445-5565 or Crime Stoppers at 601-442-5000.