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Victim Critical After Early Morning Shooting

LAWTON Okla_ 7News has new information on Thursday's early morning shooting that left a Lawton man in critical condition.

Police have identified the shooting victim as 28-year-old Justin Melrose. They were called out on reports of a shooting at the Sanders Heights Apartments at Southwest 16th and Wisconsin shortly after midnight. There, they found Melrose with a gunshot wound to the lower abdomen.

Police are still investigating what exactly happened in the parking lot of the Sanders Heights Apartments. While there has not been an arrest made, police have questioned a family member and multiple witnesses. Their accounts are helping piece together the story behind a shooting that left a man critically injured.

Lawton Police PIO Captain Craig Akard said officers were called to the complex a little after midnight.

"As far as we can tell, he was shot one time," Akard said. "We did find three shell casings at the scene."

After the shooting, Melrose was able to make his way back into an apartment, where police and first responders would find him with a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

"They were able to talk to him," Akard said. "He was still conscious, and he was breathing. He was alert. So, they talked to him until EMS arrived, treated him, and took him to the hospital."

During this time, the victim named a possible female suspect.

"Investigators were able to locate this potential suspect along with some other witnesses there," Akard said.

They were all brought in for questioning. The investigation is still ongoing. Due the high level of activity outside on the 4th of July, police believe others may have information.

"We had investigators going out to talk to some other people that may have seen it," Akard said. "According to some of the witnesses, there were some people up on the balconies and stuff that were watching fireworks that were off in the distance."

Police are unwilling to comment on the motive behind Thursday's shooting at this time. While there have been no arrests made, they do plan to submit a case to the District Attorney's office next week. As of this afternoon, the victim was still listed in critical condition in the ICU of a local hospital.

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