A South Side man told police he does not know the men who shot him in the foot Dec. 4.
New Castle police said Anthony Morris, 18, of 606 Long Ave., was shot outside apartments in the 1000 block of Beech Street in Westview Terrace around 7:30 p.m.
He arranged a ride to the hospital with a friend in a green Chevy Blazer from the West Side Mini Mart, where he apparently hitched a ride with his bleeding foot.
Police received a call around 8 p.m. that a man was being treated for a gunshot wound to the foot at Jameson Hospital.
Morris said he had been visiting a friend's apartment and was walking to the West Side Mini Mart when three men, all dressed in black, emerged from the woods near the playground.
They asked him his name twice and he told them twice his name was "Ant," and one of them fired shots at him with a handgun, he told police.
Morris said he ran and fell several times. Police said he was hit in the left side of his left foot, and that the bullet entered from the bottom and exited the top of his foot.
He told police he had left his left shoe in the Blazer but that he does not know where the owner of it lives.
Police said they are continuing to investigate.
A witness who lives in the apartment complex told police he heard gunshots behind his apartment building and went out to see what had happened.
He reported he saw a man in a dark heavy coat and baggy jeans run toward Sankey Street and get into a red car. The witness said he heard the man say, "I'm hit."
Another witness who lives in the apartment complex said a bullet hit his apartment and went through the wall, lodging inside, police said.