Crime

Man shot in the face spat out bullet and a tooth. But who shot him?

Sheriff’s investigators have been unable to interview a man who was shot in the face in Bayside Park.

The 40-year-old man has been moved to a different hospital than the one where he was taken after he was shot on Sunday, Chief Deputy Don Bass said. The man reportedly spat out the bullet and a tooth after being shot.

“His tooth apparently stopped the bullet,” Bass said.

“It didn’t appear to be life-threatening at the time. The man was up and about before he was taken to a hospital.”

The man was walking on Sunflower Street near West Greene Street when he was shot. A person who stopped at the scene called deputies about 12:30 p.m. Officials say the victim told the person he’d been shot by someone driving a late-model silver vehicle.

No further description of the shooter is available, Bass said.

The man’s condition was not available Wednesday.

Bass said investigators don’t know a motive for the shooting and have not been able to ask the victim questions since he was hospitalized.

Investigators want to hear from anyone who has information that could answer questions. To give a tip, call Hancock County Central Dispatch at 228-255-9191.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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