SODDY-DAISY, TN. (WRCB) -- A Soddy-Daisy man is in critical condition, suffering from a gun shot wound.
Herb Morris, 69, told police he was on his front porch when he heard a gunshot and realized he'd been hit.
Police are actively investigating and looking for leads, but say they're also not ruling out the possibility that Morris accidentally shot himself.
"It's a quiet neighborhood at night and during the day," says neighbor, Crystal Fritts. "Hardly anything goes on."
What happened Sunday afternoon in the community off Depot Street has everyone talking.
"It's just something that never happens around here," Fritts says. "You never hear about people shooting at each other."
It was a little before noon when Soddy-Daisy Police were called to a home in the 400 block.
"Officers found Mr. Morris suffering from an abdominal wound,"says Police Chief, Phil Hamrick. "The wound was consistent with a gunshot."
The victim told police he had just walked on his front porch when he heard a gunshot, looked down and realized he'd been hit. No one saw a shooter.
"He was transported to Erlanger by life force," says Hamrick.
Family at Morris' home Monday didn't want to talk on camera, but say he is doing better.
"Pretty much everybody knows everybody around here," says Fritts.
Locals on Depot Street say Morris is well known in their community. He often visits the local grocery store and barber shop, and sometimes drives heavy equipment.
"Right now we don't have any leads to go off," Hamrick says.
The police chief says they're actively investigating the shooting, but so far don't have a gun or description of who pulled the trigger.
Morris wasn't able to give much information.
"Details of the incident are very sketchy," Hamrick says.
Investigators says they plan to talk to Morris again soon, and hopefully find out more.
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