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Man shot, says he was checking tires

A man who arrived at a hospital with a gunshot wound Thursday night told police he was shot in southwest Fort Wayne when he stopped along the road to check one of his tires.

The man said he was headed south on Smith Road from Covington Road when he thought something was wrong with one of his truck’s tires, so he stopped to take a look, according to a supplemental police report.

As he was bent down looking at his tire, someone in a car that pulled up behind him fired several shots, one of which hit the man in his thigh, the report said.

He told police he drove himself to Lutheran Hospital because it was nearby.

He said he did not have a description of the shooter or the vehicle.

Police canvassed the area but found no evidence of the shooting. Residents of a nearby home said they did not hear anything.

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