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Police: Newark man shot while answering knock at door

Posted at: 10/12/2012 7:17 AM
Updated at: 10/12/2012 12:32 PM

A 42-year-old Newark man is at Strong Memorial Hospital after getting shot while answering his own door. It happened just after 5 a.m. at a home on Silver Hill Road in the Village of Newark.

Newark Police say the man heard a knock at his back door and when he answered, he saw a suspect with a long gun and turned to run. Investigators say he was shot in the buttocks and the bullet came out his leg. He was bleeding badly and taken to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy Flight.

Police Chief Dave Christler says this is the first shooting in Newark in at least six years. He says it appears the victim might know the suspect. “We got a lot calls this morning from concerned neighbors. There is a lot we can not give out. I live very close to where this happened. I myself believe it was isolated and targeted. I don't think we have someone out there who is knocking on doors shooting people but i am sure with the help we have, we solve this case.”

The victim’s name has not been released at this time.