Independence police search for suspects who allegedly shot man in leg outside of home

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Independence police need help tracking down a group of suspects they say shot a man in the leg early Wednesday morning.

The victim told police that around 2:15 a.m. he walked outside of his home in the 1700 block of S. James Downey Road where he was confronted and shot by a group of suspects who he said were prowling the area in a vehicle.

“I figured they were some kids out messing around. I just wanted to run them off,” said Jason Ault.

He says it all started when his girlfriend saw someone out by their cars. He says initially the driver took off down the street.

“Before I knew what was going on, they started shooting back up this way,” said Ault.

When medical personnel arrived at the scene, the victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries, and the suspects were gone. Police said the injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

“It missed the bone and arteries, but it went straight through,” said Ault.

Although the injury is not major, it will require Ault to take some unexpected time off work.

“I don’t know when i’ll be able to return," Ault said. "I can’t put weight on it. I drive a tow truck so I pretty much got to have both my feet."

Police said the suspects were driving a dark green 2000 Chevy Camaro convertible. The vehicle also has grey paint on the fender near the front of the passenger's side.

“Someone could have actually died in this accident, and just for people to just be so careless, and bring guns and steal cars and be shooting it’s a little ridiculous,” said Ault’s stepdaughter, Vanessa Waterfield.

Police ask that anyone with any information please call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474 - TIPS. Witnesses can also call the Independence Police Department at (816) 325 - 7777.