No connection in Russell County & Columbus shootings

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Columbus investigators say the wounded suspect in a shooting at a local liquor store is not the same man who showed up at the Medical Center with a bullet wound.

Tuesday, investigators with the Russell County Sheriff's Office were called to the Columbus Regional Medical Center, after a local man turned up at the hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg and told staffers he was shot in Russell County.

The man tells officials he was driving from Opelika on Highway 169 toward Highway 80 early Tuesday morning.

When he was in Crawford, he tells police he passed another car and when he did, the driver flagged him down. When he got out of his car, the victim says the other driver shot him in the leg.

Authorities say the bullet went straight through his leg and he drove himself to the hospital.

Police say the victim did not want to prosecute and signed a report.

According to Columbus detectives, the incident is not related to a shooting late Monday night at a liquor store.

The victim in that case, 47-year-old Daniel Kaplan, tells police he was parked in his mom's 2005 Mercedes in front of the 30th Avenue Package Store on Victory Drive when a man approached him, pointed a black hand gun at him and told him to give him his money.

Kaplan says he told the gunman he didn't have money and grabbed a GLOCK from under the car seat.

When the suspect started punching him in the face, Kaplan says he pointed his gun at him and started to shoot at him.

Officials say blood was found at the scene but the suspect ran away and they've been looking for anyone with gunshot wounds at local hospitals.

Investigators tell WTVM the victim is not facing any charges because he was defending himself.

Kaplan describes the suspect as a black man in his 40s with some facial hair, admitting to detectives he didn't get a good look at him.

Police are investigating the incident as a criminal attempt armed robbery.

WTVM will continue to bring you the latest in both cases.

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