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WILMINGTON — Detectives are investigating after a man was injured in a Tuesday afternoon shooting on Walnut Street.

Police responded to the 800 block of Walnut Street at about 3:30 p.m. after a 911 caller reported hearing a single shot fired in the area, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay.

When officers arrived in the area, they found a 26-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his leg.

The man reported he was shot, but could not give a description of the shooter. Initially he told police he was shot in drive-by shooting. But police followed a trail of blood to the back yard of a home at 806 Walnut St., where it appeared a scuffle had ensued, Lindsay said.

The victim was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment. The investigation is ongoing, Lindsay said.

Anyone with information that could aid this case is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3609 or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES. Start your message with Tip708, then type your tip.