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DECATUR — Police said a 21-year-old man was shot in the back Wednesday afternoon in the 1300 block of North Union Street. 

Sgt. Adam Jahraus said the man was taken by ambulance to Decatur Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound not considered to be life-threatening. Jahraus said another man, 20, suffered a groin injury while running from the gunfire.

The 20-year-old man was hanging out with the shooting victim at the time of the incident and injured his groin while trying to jump over a fence, Jahraus said. People carried him to North Church Street where he was later taken to DMH by ambulance. 

Jahraus said the other man is not considered to be a suspect in the shooting. 

Police and first responders were called to the scene at 2:27 p.m. Jahraus said nine shell casings were recovered during the following investigation. Several officers walked around the surrounding area, knocked on doors and conducted interviews with residents. A K-9 officer was also deployed in the area. 

Police did not have any known suspects as of Wednesday night, Jahraus said, and no other injuries were reported from the area. 

Jahraus said anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers at (217) 423-8477 or Decatur police at (217) 424-2721.

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Contact Jaylyn Cook at (217) 421-7980. Follow him on Twitter: @jaylyn_HR


Public Safety Reporter

Public safety reporter for the Herald & Review.

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