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Weekend shooting leaves one with chest wound

Cairo Police are investigating a weekend shooting on 11th Avenue Northeast that left a man wounded in his chest.
Police were called to 905 11th Ave. NE at 9:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. Police officer Donnie Roland found the victim, 46-year-old Victor Alvarez Cortez, lying in the doorway of his home bleeding from the upper left side of his chest.
A man later identified as Cortez’s roommate told police he was asleep when he heard a knock at the door and then Cortez calling for him followed by a gunshot.
The roommate, Marcelo Lopez, said he grabbed a machete and as he was running to the living room, heard another gunshot. In the living room, Lopez saw a young male dressed in dark colored clothes standing over Cortez, according to police. The man pointed the gun at Lopez as he ran from the house, but the gun did not fire, Lopez told police. He also said he then saw several people get into a grey or silver car that drove west on 11th Avenue NE.
A neighbor told police she heard gunshots and saw four people get into a grey car heading west on 11th Avenue NE.
On the scene, EMS treated Cortez and then transported him to Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville. Ptl. Roland reports that he found a .40-caliber casing on the ground in front of the house.
Police are asking for help in finding the gunman. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Cairo Police, 229-378-3096.

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