DECATUR – A Decatur man was lucky to escape with his life early Sunday after police said a bullet creased his skull, fracturing the bone in a shooting that is being investigated as an attempted murder. 

Sgt. Josh Sheets said the 22-year-old victim managed to drive himself to HSHS St. Mary's Hospital's emergency room despite the bleeding wound, which was located about two inches behind his left ear.

A CAT scan showed no bullet or bullet fragments had penetrated the skull, but doctors described the wound as life-threatening and the victim was airlifted to HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield for further treatment.

Patrol officers had initially responded to reports of shots fired in the area of East Lake Shore Drive and South Jasper Street. Sheets said shortly after arriving they got a call about 3:05 a.m that a gunshot victim had arrived at St. Mary's.

“They went there and asked him what happened and all he would say was 'I was just driving,' ” Sheets said. “He never spoke another word and refused to answer questions.”

Police later found the victim's car in the St. Mary's parking lot and discovered a bullet hole through the lower left corner of the windshield.

Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact them at 217-424-2734 or call Crime Stoppers at 217-423-8477.


Staff Writer

Courts and public safety reporter for the Herald & Review.

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