Bullet barely misses shooting victim’s spine

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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) — Investigators in Elizabeth City are trying to figure out who is responsible for a shooting early Sunday morning.

Around 12:40 a.m., the Elizabeth City Police Department received reports of a shooting on Boston Avenue, according to Captain John Young. While officers were responding to the scene, they learned a victim was being transported to a local hospital in a white truck.

In investigation indicates the victim, 20-year-old Marquis Lamar Jones, had been sitting on the a parked truck by the fountain on Boston Avenue with seven friends when they saw another vehicle approach from Peartree Road. When the suspect vehicle was parallel to Jones and his friends, the occupants began firing handguns at the group.

Young said Jones was the only person hit, despite the vehicles being within eight feet of each other at the time of the shooting. He received a gunshot wound to his left abdominal area — the bullet went through his stomach and stopped just before hitting his spinal cord, Young said.

Jones was airlifted to a hospital in Virginia for treatment. Young said it appears he is making a recovery and is listed in stable condition.

Investigators are in the process of gathering evidence and tracking down leads at this time. Because they do not want to compromise the investigation, they are not releasing information about the suspect vehicle or personal information about others involved.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Elizabeth City Police Department at 252-335-4321 and speak to an investigator. If you’d like to remain anonymous, you can contact the Elizabeth City Pasquotank County Crime Line at 252-335-5555.

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