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Gunshot victim still in surgery; police say no evidence of gunman at large

A Clinton Junior College student was taken by ground ambulance to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte Thursday afternoon after police say he took a single gunshot to the leg.

At approximately 3:14 p.m., police spokesman Mark Bollinger said officers were dispatched to a parking lot at the Emmett Scott Recreation Center. Officers found the wounded male victim sitting inside a car.

The victim, a student at Clinton College down the street, was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital.

Department spokesman Mark Bollinger said the victim initially told officers that he was shot by black man dressed in all black clothing, but Friday afternoon, Bollinger explained the circumstances have changed.

“There is evidence to believe that this was not a robbery attempt, nor was there an unknown assailant as was first reported to officers,” Bollinger said.  “Detectives are still trying to piece together exactly what happened.  Until officers can speak with the victim,  we would only be speculating as to what occurred.”

A gun was recovered near where the victim was found, and the weapon is believed to have been involved in the incident.

The suspect is still undergoing medical treatment at Carolinas Medical Center and detectives were not able to speak with the victim as planned.

“We are confident at this time – there is no danger to the community,” Bollinger said.

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