DOWAGIAC — A Hartford man was shot several times during an attempted robbery Monday night in Dowagiac, according to what the victim told police.
Dowagiac police were dispatched to Ameriwood Industries at about 10:10 p.m. Monday, on the report that a man had been shot. Officers found the victim inside the building as he was being treated by Ameriwood employees.
The victim, a 21-year-old man, had arrived for his shift at Ameriwood, when he was followed into the parking lot by a dark-colored SUV, he told police. Police did not release the man’s name.
He told police he had been approached by one of the people from the SUV, who pulled a gun and attempted to rob him of money. The man was then approached by four more subjects from the vehicle, police said in a news release issued Tuesday.
According to the release, police were told a struggle ensued and the victim was shot several times as he ran away.
The suspects then took the victim’s vehicle and left the parking lot with it, along with the SUV, police reported in the release. Officers discovered the victim’s vehicle outside of Dowagiac with no one present.
The victim was transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend by PRIDE Ambulance, where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The suspects were described as five black men between approximate ages of 18-20.
The suspect with the gun was described as wearing a dark-colored, hooded sweatshirt and dirty blue jeans. The suspects were driving a dark-colored SUV. However, the make and model is unknown.
No further description was given, police said. This incident remains under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Dowagiac Police Department at 782-9743, or the Cass County Tip Line at (800) 462-9328. Dowagiac Police were assisted by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, the Pokagon Tribal Police Department and the Dowagiac Fire Department.
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