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DECATUR — A 23-year-old man suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries after being shot in the back Sunday morning during an attempted first-degree murder, the Decatur Police Department said.

Detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said in an email Monday that the victim was shot while driving in the 100 block of South Witt Street about 10:30 a.m. after he and another 23-year-old had agreed to give a ride to two teen males who had said they wanted to purchase cannabis from them.

The 23-year-olds had been approached by the two suspects, described as between 14 and 16 years old, in the 200 block of Northeast Avenue, Copeland said, and agreed to give the teens a ride so they could get money for the transaction.

While in the 100 block of South Witt, one of the suspects produced a handgun and demanded all the money they had and the cannabis, Copeland said. The 23-year-olds gave them what they had, and the suspect with the gun told them to drive away, he said.

"As they were driving away, they heard a gunshot and one of the victims felt a burning sensation in his back and realized he had been shot," Copeland said. "The round had passed through the trunk and the seat the shooting victim had been sitting in, before striking the victim. "

Copeland said two bullet casings were recovered by police.

The 23-year-olds drove to HSHS St. Mary's Hospital, where the shooting victim was treated for his injuries.

Anyone with information about this incident can call Crime Stoppers at (217) 423-8477 (TIPS) or Decatur police detectives at (217) 424-2734.

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Contact Claire Hettinger at (217) 421-6985. Follow her on Twitter: @ClaireHettinger


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