Man refused to see doctor after shooting

Published: Wednesday, June 8 2005 12:00 a.m. MDT

A man who was injured in a drive-by shooting but refused to see a doctor was reportedly in good condition Tuesday.

The victim's uncle called Salt Lake City police Monday about 2:30 p.m. saying his nephew had been shot. When police arrived, they found a man with a bullet wound in his abdomen. The man had bandaged himself up and did not seek treatment after the shooting, said Salt Lake City police detective Robin Snyder.

The victim, a gang member, said he was shot by a rival gang and didn't want to bring attention to himself by going to the doctor.

"He wouldn't tell us anything. He said, 'I don't want to tell you, it will just make things worse,' " said Snyder.

The man told police he was near a TRAX station in Sandy on Sunday night when he was shot by rival gang members in a car that drove by while yelling gang slurs at him, Snyder said.

After that, however, the man didn't say much else. He claimed he did not know exactly where he was when he was shot, Snyder said. Investigators did not have descriptions of possible suspects Tuesday.

The bullet apparently entered and exited through the man's abdomen, just missing a rib, Snyder said. Police called for an ambulance, and the man was examined at a local hospital.

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