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Police investigate shooting

A 23-year-old Elkhart man was taken to Elkhart General Hospital with life-threatening injuries following an early morning shooting Thursday. Elkhart police are investigating the shooting of Jamie Benavidez, who was taken to Elkhart General Hospital by family members about 4 a.m. after he was shot in the hip, according to Elkhart Police Lt. Ed Windbigler.

Posted on Dec. 19, 2008 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 19, 2008 at 4:55 a.m.

ELKHART -- A 23-year-old Elkhart man was taken to Elkhart General Hospital with life-threatening injuries following an early morning shooting Thursday.

Elkhart police are investigating the shooting of Jamie Benavidez, who was taken to Elkhart General Hospital by family members about 4 a.m. after he was shot in the hip, according to Elkhart Police Lt. Ed Windbigler. The bullet struck his femoral artery and Benavidez went into surgery.

Windbigler said investigators have interviewed several people who claim to have information about the shooting, but most of them "have been less than cooperative." The shooting may have occurred on Stevens Avenue.

Windbigler said police records show Benavidez is a documented gang member, and police believe the shooting may have been gang-related.

The hospital was not releasing any information on Benavidez's condition Thursday.

Anyone who has information on the shooting may call the Elkhart Police Department at 295-7070, the homicide tip line at 389-4770 or Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP.


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