‘He was armed and he tried to attack me’: 911 calls describe scene of Hamilton market shooting

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 @ 8:14 AM

Hamilton police on scene of shooting at Singletary's carry out

Two calls were placed to 911 dispatchers Monday afternoon when a man was shot following an apparent altercation at a Second Street market.

Emergency units responded to Singletary’s Carry Out near Walnut and Second Streets at about 12:55 p.m. for a report of person shot and found a man sitting across the street with a gunshot wound to the back, according to the police report.

The victim, Kenneth Wayne Wells Jr., 38, of Minster Street in Hamilton, suffered a non-life-threatening injury, according to Hamilton Sgt. Rich Burkhardt.

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“There was some type of fight inside between (him), and the clerk shot through the window,” Burkhardt said.

The clerk, who was not named by police, has been questioned, but no charges had been filed today

“It is still under investigation,” Burkhardt said.

A female 911 caller told county dispatchers that a man had been shot at the market and was bleeding.

“Somebody just got shot at Singletary’s store … please come quick the boy has still got the bullet in his back, ” the caller said. “The dude ran up in the store and he shot the dude.”

A male 911 caller who said he was in the store told dispatchers he needed police and that he had been attacked.

“I just got attacked by a couple guys. One guy with his girlfriend … he was armed and he tried to attack me. I don’t know what happened, just can you please send an officer,” said the male caller.

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The dispatcher said there was a call of shots fired at his location and asked if someone had been shot.

“Yea, I have been attacked, so …,” the man answered.

When the dispatcher said attacked means he was punched in the face, the caller said, “He got a gun, I just don’t know.”

The dispatcher asked the man how many times he had been shot, and he said none.

“No times yet,” the caller said. “Not yet, but I will be.”

Then screaming is heard in the call and it disconnected. There was no answer on call back.