Jefferson City police are investigating a shooting that occurred early Thursday morning after a man knocked on a home's door, claiming he had been involved in a traffic accident.
About 3:30 a.m., according to police reports, a male subject knocked on the door of a residence in the 500 block of Lafayette Street and claimed he had been involved in an accident.
The resident offered to let the subject use his cellphone and offered to take him back to his vehicle at the site of the accident, which was allegedly only blocks away.
As the victim drove the subject to the location, the subject produced a firearm and demanded the victim take him to an ATM.
The victim said he had to go back to his residence to get his ATM card. When they returned to the residence, a struggle ensued in the car. The victim got out of his car and ran to his home to call 911.
The suspect fired one shot, striking the victim in the leg, then ran from the area.
Officers arrived within a minute of the 911 call and called for an ambulance to respond to the scene.
The victim, a 49-year-old resident of Jefferson City, sustained minor injuries as a result of the shot.
The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 20 years old, over 200 pounds, with some facial hair, and wearing a black "puffy" coat with a fur collar, blue jeans and a black/white hat with a pattern.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the police department at 634-6400. To remain anonymous, contact CrimeStoppers at 659-TIPS (8377). Tips may also be submitted online via the CrimeStoppers website www.jeffcitycrimestoppers.com.