Phenix City man shot while attempting to catch car thieves

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 14, 2014 

A Phenix City, Ala. man was shot twice Sunday morning after he attempted to chase down to alleged suspects who stole his mother's vehicle, according to a police officials.

Capt. Frank Ivey said the man was attempting to warm his mother's car up between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. When he went to check on the car, a suspect was driving away in the vehicle.

As he was attempting to catch up with the vehicle, the suspect slowed to pick up another suspect. The second suspect then shot the victim in the shoulder and hand. His condition is unknown as of Tuesday, Ivey said.

Ivey was unable to disclose the make and model of the car, which was later recovered without damages. The suspects have been described as black men in their teens to early 20s. One was wearing a hoodie.

Ivey said two other cars were stolen while their owners were waiting for them to warm up Monday morning. Both have been recovered, one with damages.

"We had an issue with that Monday morning, because of the frost," Ivey said. "It's not a good idea, unless you can sit somewhere and watch the vehicle."

Ivey also said that if a citizen's car is stolen, they should try to obtain accurate descriptions of the suspects and contact police immediately. Residents should also keep in mind that the suspects may be armed and dangerous.

The suspects involved in Sunday's car theft have not been arrested. Anyone with more information should contact the Phenix City Police Department at 334-448-2800.

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