Troy Police respond to shooting near Knox Street

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 17, 2003

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.

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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.