Troy Police respond to shooting near Knox Street
Several police cars were clustered around an ambulance near the Knox Street baseball fields Thursday afternoon.
Troy Police responded to a reported shooting at 11:54 a.m. near Rose Circle, according to information released by Chief Anthony Everage.
Preliminary investigations indicate that the shooting was accidental and self-inflicted.
The victim, Demetrick Simmons, 19, of Troy, was transported by a privately-owned vehicle to Edge Regional Medical Center for treatment of the gunshot wound.
Initial reports suggest that the wound was not a life-threatening injury, but details about Simmons' condition were not available at press time.
Emma Sue Peacock lives on Knox Street and was looking into the commotion.
&uot;I was coming up the sidewalk, saw the crowd and the police and I stopped,&uot; she said. &uot;The police just told me it was something that happens all the time.&uot;
&uot;I asked some questions,&uot; she said. &uot;They might say I'm nosy, but you've got to ask.&uot;
Though statistics were not available, Sgt. Benny Scarbrough said self-inflicted accidental gunshot wounds are not a frequent occurrence.
&uot;It's not common,&uot; he said. &uot;We don't respond to a lot of those calls.&uot;
Quioness Toney lives in the area and was inside her home watching television when she said she heard a single gunshot.
&uot;They came over here to use the phone and call an ambulance,&uot; she said. &uot;But he had already gone to the hospital in somebody else's car before the ambulance got here.&uot;
Toney said the shooting was an unusual event, but said she wasn't worried when she heard the shot.