By BBN Staff: Last night at around 7:40 p.m., Ladyville Police responded to reports of a shooting and upon arrival at an open yard near Compassion Lane, they saw 18-year-old Merkel Pitts bleeding from wounds.
Initial investigations revealed that Pitts was socializing with three other men when a lone gunman opened fire in their direction, causing one or more bullets to hit the victim who was bleeding from his abdomen and right bicep.
Pitts was also seen with a broken right foot and was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he was immediately put in the operating theater. He remains in a critical condition and police have since detained four persons pending investigation.
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