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September 20, 2014

Jacksonville police continue search for shooter

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Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 4:23 pm | Updated: 1:55 pm, Tue Jun 24, 2014.

Police on Wednesday were continuing their search for a suspect in a shooting Monday night that sent a Jacksonville resident to a hospital with critical injuries.

Jacksonville police Chief Tommy Thompson said police were investigating the incident Wednesday afternoon, but that no arrests had been made.

“We’re still canvassing the area and talking to folks,” Thompson said. “But nothing significant has changed.”

Vilas Rajesh Patel, 22, was airlifted to UAB Hospital in Birmingham on Monday night after suffering a gunshot wound to the back that exited through his stomach, Thompson said. A spokeswoman at the hospital told The Star on Tuesday morning that Patel was in critical condition, but later Tuesday said Patel was no longer listed at the hospital.

Thompson said Wednesday that police knew Patel was still alive, but had no further information about his condition.

Thompson said police had identified a possible suspect in the shooting, which took place in the driveway of a home on Mountain Avenue late Monday, but he declined to release any further information on Wednesday. Thompson said there were no witnesses to the alleged shooting, but said a witness saw a car leave the area after the incident.

Attempts this week to reach friends and family of Patel, a student at Jacksonville State University, have been unsuccessful.

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