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Police search for suspect in West Asheville shooting

Asheville police are searching for a suspect in a shooting that happened Friday afternoon along Amboy Road next to Carrier Park. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Asheville police are searching for a suspect in a shooting that happened Friday afternoon along Amboy Road next to Carrier Park.

Investigators said 20-year-old Jordan Hough, who was wounded in the abdomen, was alert and responsive before being transported. He was undergoing surgery at Mission Hospital on Friday Night.

"We think this was an isolated incident," Asheville Police Lt. Joseph Sorrells said.

Officers were called about 3:15 p.m. to the scene, a small parking area across from Eblen Oil, right next to the French Broad River Greenway.

"Broad daylight, yeah, people with their kids going, strollers going by and their dogs, you don't expect that," Asheville resident Lance Fitzpatrick said.

When officers arrived, they found passersby had already stopped to help Hough, who was lying wounded right where he'd fallen.

"We think it originally started inside the car, and then our victim got out of the car and was shot, actually, outside of the car," Sorrells said.

Witnesses who were questioned said they first saw two men arguing in another parking lot nearby, then the dispute changed locations.

"Our victim, or suspect, got out of the car down there, ran up here, and then they met back up and this is where the shooting took place," Sorrells said describing the scene.

"I was walking through the field adjacent to this little parking area, and I heard a little pop, pop, but I didn't realize it was gunfire," Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick said he came into the lot minutes later, saw Hough and two men -- one was propping a jacket under the victim's head, the other calling 911.

"I'm not a doctor, but he didn't seem like he was in mortal danger," Fitzpatrick said. "He was just uncomfortable, and he was speaking to the other guys on the scene."

Plenty of folks were on the greenway Friday afternoon, only to find a disturbing scene at the place they love.

"I want to come here as often as possible, but that kind of thing would make me nervous, especially if it was frequent," Asheville resident Matt Reynolds said. "Luckily, it's not, so that's a good thing."

Police hope once Hough is up to talking with them, he will be able to identify the person who shot him.

In the meantime, anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 828-255-5050.

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