ANDERSON — The assailant suspected of shooting another man early Thursday morning is still at large and is possibly injured.
The victim of the shooting, 52-year-old Shawn Carey of Anderson, was still recovering at St. Vincent Hospital Indianapolis on 86th Street as of Thursday night, according to Anderson Police Department spokesman Joel Sandefur. Carey was shot twice in the abdomen by a small-caliber handgun carried by a white male, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing an orange hoodie, Sandefur said.
Police responded to the incident in the area of 37th Street and Haverhill Drive about 12:30 a.m. Thursday. Medics arrived in the 3600 block of Brown Street and found Carey conscious and walking around. He was initially transported to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital and then transferred to Indianapolis.
According to Carey's account to police, he was out for a walk late at night when he was approached by the man, who demanded at gunpoint that Carey hand over his belongings and wallet and lie on the ground.
Carey, who was also carrying a handgun, told police he didn't want to get on the ground for fear of being shot, so he reached for his gun. The other man then shot Carey twice, and Carey fired off several rounds as well. It's unknown whether Carey's shots hit the man, who ran away after the incident.
"We're not sure if the shots hit the suspect, but he might have a gunshot wound. We don't have a lot to go on right now," Sandefur said. "We're going to continue to follow up with a neighborhood canvass to see if we can find some additional evidence."
Sandefur encouraged anyone with knowledge of the incident to call Crimestoppers at 649-8310.
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