1 shot during struggle with gunmen

Published 10:39 pm Wednesday, May 31, 2017

By Melanie Ruberti



Investigators with the LaGrange Police Department are still searching for suspects and witnesses in connection with a shooting in the 900 block of Mason Street Tuesday night.

A 29-year- old man was shot in the back during a dispute just after 6:00 p.m., said police.

A second man, possibly a juvenile, was also badly beaten up in the altercation, said investigators.

It was not clear if the two victims were fighting each other – or fending off other attackers, investigators said.

Initially, the gunshot victim told LPD investigators five men approached him on Mason Street.

He believed two of the suspects were the same men he argued with in the parking lot of the Daniel Street Food Mart just minutes before, the report said.

The men began fighting with the victim again. This time two suspects allegedly pulled out guns and pointed them at the man, a report stated.

The victim reportedly attempted to grab a weapon out of one suspect’s hand, when the other gunman shot him from behind, according to investigators.

The suspects then fled the scene.

It is unknown when or how the second victim became involved in the altercation.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the LaGrange Police Department at 706-883- 2603 or Crime Stoppers at 706-812- 1000.

Melanie Ruberti is a reporter with LaGrange Daily News. She can be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.