The Asheville Police Department continues to investigate the report of a shooting earlier today in the River District. Now the APD is reporting that, while a gun was involved, no shots were fired, and the victim was instead injured in a fall.
After receiving a call about a “gunshot victim,” according to an announcement from the APD, officers and EMS arrived to find Carzett Lemon “in the interior of the gated area at the old Dave Steele plant.” Lennon claimed he’d ran from a man “who had tried to rob and shoot him” at Bartlett Arms apartments. However, he was not shot, but had severely fractured his arm trying to jump the fence into the old plant.
“While on scene a person of interest was developed who voluntarily returned to Roberts St. and provided a statement to detectives at APD Headquarters explaining his involvement,” the APD’s statement reads. “After providing detectives with a statement in this matter, this individual took detectives to the location in West Asheville where he had hidden the semi-automatic handgun used in this incident.”
However, that unnamed individual doesn’t face charges yet, and was released “due to the complexities of the case,” pending a decision on possible charges from the District Attorney’s office.
Earlier today, APD spokesperson Lt. Wally Welch originally noted that it appeared the victim was shot in the stomach, possibly after trying to rob the shooter.