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Decatur police make arrest in Sunday shooting

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DECATUR — Gavarius T. Carney was arrested Tuesday in the Sunday shooting of a man in the 3700 block of North Portage Place, Decatur police said in an affidavit.

Carney, 24, was arrested on preliminary charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and possession of a weapon by a felon. Bond was set at $500,000, according to court documents.

In the affidavit, police said the 37-year-old victim suffered a single bullet wound to his left thigh about 11:15 p.m after being shot at multiple times in the parking lot in the 3700 block of North Portage Place. The man drove himself to Decatur Memorial Hospital for treatment, and Decatur police Sgt. Brian Bell said the wound wasn't considered life-threatening.

The victim told police Carney fired seven or eight shots at him with a large, black handgun, which he described as either a .45-caliber or 9 mm. According to the police, three .40-caliber cartridge cases, two live .40-caliber rounds and one projectile were recovered from the scene.

Police said the victim positively identified Carney in a photo lineup and said he'd agreed to meet Carney to discuss Carney's current girlfriend, who is the victim's former girlfriend.

According to police, the victim said that during the discussion, Carney pulled the gun from the front waistband of his pants and pointed it at the victim, then tried to shoot, but the gun jammed. Then, the victim said, Carney cleared the jam and fired several shots.


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