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Veteran injured in Alexandria pellet gun attacks

(Source: Shawn Lanier, FOX19 NOW) (Source: Shawn Lanier, FOX19 NOW)
A pellet gun that is sold in stores online (Note: This particular pellet gun may not have been used Sunday) [Source: Dickssportinggoods.com] A pellet gun that is sold in stores online (Note: This particular pellet gun may not have been used Sunday) [Source: Dickssportinggoods.com]
ALEXANDRIA, KY (FOX19) - Police in Alexandria are searching for a suspect who shot and wounded two adults and one juvenile with a pellet gun in three separate incidents late Sunday.

Officials were dispatched for a call of a juvenile with a gunshot wound to the back while he was landscaping at the Bridge Community Church on Alexandria Pike.  The child was transported to Children's Hospital where it was learned that the wound was caused by a pellet gun.

A short time later, dispatch received another gunshot wound call. The victim, Matthew Woodruff, was on his motorcycle going south on U.S. 27 in the area of the 7100 block of Alexandria Pike when he was shot in the left buttock.

Woodruff has served on the front lines in Afghanistan, under enemy fire only to come home safe and be shot while riding his motorcycle.

“Riding my motorcycle, just cruising along all of sudden I just felt extreme pain,” said Woodruff. “The pain was so forceful I thought it was slingshot. You know something blunt. But then I pulled over and looked at it and I had a hole in my jeans.”

Woodruff served twice in Afghanistan in 2006 and in 2010 and returned home with no gun shot injuries. But during Sunday's ride someone pulled out a pellet gun and fired.

"Luckily there wasn't a vehicle in front of me and when I glanced down to look what happened, I managed to maintain control of it and pull over nice and easy,” said Woodruff.

Woodruff is waiting to see a specialist. He's still has the pellet lodged four inches into his backside. 

Police report a third call was received for another gunshot victim. The victim, Gary Wilson, was on his motorcycle going west on KY-709 and when he approached the intersection of KY-709 and U.S. 27, he was shot in the back. Wilson drove himself to the Campbell County police department to report the incident, after believing he had been struck by road debris while driving home. 

The victims suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Alexandria police are looking for three separate vehicles that might be involved. The father of the juvenile described seeing a black Jeep model either a Compass or a Patriot with tinted windows.  The juvenile also described another vehicle in the area - a black sedan 4 door, no tinting windows.  Investigators are also looking for a 2002-2005 silver Hyundai Sonata, which was viewed on surveillance video exiting Wendy's and turning behind Mr. Wilson's motorcycle.

“Obviously somebody is doing it for kicks and giggles. Doing something that's cool to get attention but not thinking about the reciprocation of doing something like this. You can't just go around shooting people,” said Woodruff.

Anyone with information is asked to call Campbell County emergency dispatchers at 859-292-3622.

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