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18-year-old Victoria man wounded in drive-by

By chirst
July 7, 2012 at 2:07 a.m.
Updated July 8, 2012 at 2:08 a.m.

The Victoria Police Department search the scene of the crime where Jontae Kitchens, 18, was injured in a drive-by shooting at Oleander Drive and Sabine Street on Saturday.

An 18-year-old Victoria man was shot in his right leg Saturday night in a drive-by shooting in an eastside residential neighborhood, said Lt. Ralph Buentello, of the Victoria Police Department.

Jontae Kitchens was walking on Oleander Drive toward Sabine Street with a friend when a white car came up behind them and started shooting, said the victim's friend, A.J. Quinonez.

"A car came behind us really fast, busted two shots in the air and then shot my friend in the leg," said Quinonez, 18, of Victoria. "I dove into the grass."

After the shooting, which was reported to police about 8 p.m., Quinonez said he looked for someone to take Kitchens to the hospital and a resident in the neighborhood agreed to take them to Citizens Medical Center.

About 10:30 p.m., Kitchens was listed in stable condition at the hospital, according to a spokeswoman. He was still being treated.

Quinonez said he was not scared, because adrenaline had kicked in.

"I just hit shock mode and wanted to get him to the hospital," Quinonez said.

Buentello said police were treating the incident as a random shooting, although it remained under investigation late Saturday.

Police were searching the area for evidence of the shooting, looking for bullet casings as well as witnesses.

Buentello said no one in the area had heard gunshots about the time when the shooting was reported.

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