Man expected to recover after shooting
A man was shot outside a local funeral home Monday afternoon and is expected to survive his injuries, local authorities reported Monday afternoon.
Sanford Police Department Capt. David Smith did not release the name of the victim pending family notification, but described him as a 29-year-old male from the Sanford area.
"The last thing we were told was he was going into surgery and he should make a full recovery," Smith said.
The Sanford Police Department responded to the shooting around 1:20 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Wall and Steele streets near Knotts Funeral Home. The man was transported to Central Carolina Hospital for a gunshot wound, Smith said.
"I pray it's not life-threatening injuries," Smith said shortly after the shooting. "He was shot in the side and it went into his stomach, and we're not sure how much damage was done."
Police were at the scene speaking to witnesses, Smith said, and looking for a suspect. Although police briefly interviewed the man in the hospital, Smith said, they had not established a motive or named a suspect.
Smith said the victim in this case was shot in the arm in 2010.
"To the best of our records, he refused to cooperate with the prosecution," Smith said. The captain added that the man has a trial pending this March on charges of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.