PASCAGOULA -- A shooting that wounded a man who also was pistol-whipped Friday night appears to have been a case of mistaken identity, according to police.
The wounded man says he does not know his attackers, who remain unidentified, police Capt. Shannon Broome said Monday.
Police received 911 calls about 6:48 p.m. Friday reporting a man had been assaulted and shot in front of Aaron's Furniture in the Chicot Crossing shopping center. The shopping center is at Denny Avenue and Chicot Road.
Witnesses said several men got out of two different vehicles and began assaulting another man. They were pistol-whipping him when a gun discharged and struck the man in an arm, Broome said. The wounded man broke free and suspects fired shots at him as he ran off. The man was treated at a hospital.
"He was going to a store," Broome said.
"Usually, in a circumstance like this, a person knows who might be upset with them, but the victim says he doesn't know any of them."
Police are still asking for witnesses to come forward, even anonymously.
Police also plan to review store surveillance footage to see if the video can help identify the suspects.
The vehicles initially were described as a gold Acura and a green sport utility vehicle, possible a Nissan or Toyota.
The victim is not sure of the color or models of the vehicles, Broome said.
"We have spoken with the victim and we are trying to follow up on some leads we have developed," he said.
"We still want to talk to witnesses or anyone with information."
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