In the morning hours of Friday, February 14th, law enforcement responded to a call at an apartment building on North Sycamore Street in Gaston, where a man had been reportedly shot in the head.
According to the Muncie Star Press, it turned out the initial reports of a man shot in the head were wrong, as Chief Deputy Jeff Stanley of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department explained that the victim had actually been shot in the shoulder and had survived the attack. The victim was taken to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.
The person who called in the shooting told dispatchers that he saw six masked men fleeing from the apartment building, one of which he claims fired the shot.
When Channel 27 News arrived on the scene around 12:00, the apartment building was still taped off, and crime scene investigators were still visibly at work. Muncie Animal Control was also present when we arrived. We witnessed them bringing a dog out of the residence (presumably belonging to the victim) and placing it in their truck.
Later in the afternoon, the Star Press reported that authorities had five potential suspects: one had been placed under arrest on an unrelated warrant, but they were all being questioned about the shooting.
In the wake of this incident and in the search for possible suspects, both Wes-Del and Yorktown schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution.
As of late Friday, authorities said this incident is still under investigation, with Stanley saying additional warrants might be needed in order to conclude their efforts.