One man was shot and another was stabbed Wednesday night in what Jacksonville police believe are related incidents, police said Thursday.
Jacksonville police received a call at 8:16 p.m. Wednesday that a man was stumbling outside Wal-Mart with an apparent gunshot wound, Jacksonville police Assistant Chief Bill Wineman wrote in a news release before midnight.
After police arrived, the man, who Wineman declined to name, was taken by Jacksonville Fire EMS to Regional Medical Center Jacksonville and later flown by helicopter to UAB Hospital in Birmingham.
Jacksonville police Chief Tommy Thompson reported on the man's condition Thursday morning.
“He came out of surgery sometime late last night or this morning and he’s still alive and kicking,” Thompson said.
After the man who was shot was taken to the hospital another man arrived at the hospital in Jacksonville with stab wounds, Wineman wrote. He was treated for non-life threatening injuries in the emergency room, according to the assistant chief.
Thompson said it appeared the two were acquaintances.
“Someone had something that didn’t belong to him,” Thompson said, explaining that the men got into an altercation.
Wineman also declined to name the second man until families could be notified of the incident and it could be determined who the victim is and who the suspect or suspects are.
“We’re not sure who the aggressor is, or who the good guy is,” Thompson said. “They could both be bad guys. We’re not sure yet.”
The second man, after he was released from the hospital in Jacksonville, was booked into the Jacksonville City Jail for a 72-hour hold, Thompson said.
Jacksonville State University’s Center for Applied Forensics assisted police investigators at the scene Wednesday night, Wineman wrote.