Man shot in his home

A Columbus man is being treated at The Medical Center for a severe injury to his left arm and elbow after he was struck by a bullet that came through the front of his house early Thursday while he was going to the door to see why his dog was barking.

Herman E. Smith, 54, who lives off Macon Road in east Columbus, suffered the gunshot wound around 1:45 a.m., from a large-caliber weapon, rifle, Columbus Police Lt. Lynn Joiner said Thursday.

"The shot exploded and really shattered the bone in the elbow area," Joiner said. "He is still undergoing treatment. He lost a lot of blood."

Smith's son, Shane Smith, 27, who lives with him, was in his bedroom at the time of the shooting, Joiner said. His father went to get him after he was shot. A second shot was fired into the house, with about 10 seconds between the two shots, but the second shot didn't strike anyone.

The Smiths called 911 for police and an ambulance. Herman Smith was transported to the hospital, Joiner said.

The two men told police they were not having problems with anyone, as far as they knew.

Investigators were searching for evidence Thursday morning. Anyone with information about the incident should call police at 706-653-3400.