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October 31, 2007

North Webster shooting reported

NORTH WEBSTER, Ind. — Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department officials are investigating an intentional shooting that occurred Tuesday afternoon in the Backwater Lake area.

Police said the 911 dispatch center received a report that a man had been shot at his home at 2:14 p.m. The victim was identified as John L. Miller, 35 EMS W23-B, North Webster.

Police said the victim walked out of his mobile home and was approached by another man. The suspect was described as a white male, about 5 feet, 5 or 6 inches tall, with dark hair and wearing a green shirt and blue jeans.

The attacker allegedly asked the victim “Are you John?” and after the victim said “Yes,” the suspect fired one shot from a small caliber hangun. The victim was struck in the chest, police said.

Miller said the shooter then fled on foot and he went to a neighbor’s home for help. He was airlifted by Fort Wayne Lutheran Air to Lutheran Hospital hospital, where he was listed in stable condition today.

Miller was set for surgery today, police said.

The Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the North Webster police, North Webster fire and EMS departments. Indiana State Police in the Fort Wayne area are assisting Kosciusko officials in the investigation.

Authorities canvassed the area on foot and in cars, but did not locate the suspect.

Anyone with information may call the sheriff’s department at (574) 267-5667.

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