A Wayne County man was airlifted for treatment of a gunshot wound late Saturday night and another man was jailed early Sunday morning in connection with the shooting incident.
Monticello Police received a call to respond to 72 Victory Drive at 11:22 Saturday night in regards to a male with a gunshot wound. Upon arrival, Joshua White was found lying on the ground with blood on his right leg. According to the citation, several eye witnesses allegedly stated the individual who shot White ran up Kentucky and Tennessee Avenues wearing light khaki shorts and a shirt.
An individual was located on Tennessee Avenue fitting the description of the subject who had allegedly shot White. The man was identified as 44 year old Ernest Baker Junior and all witnesses at the scene positively identified Baker as the shooter. A 45 caliber shell casing that had been fired was found at the scene.
Baker reportedly gave permission for a search of his pickup truck on Tennessee Avenue. A zip lock bag of unspent 45 caliber shells was found under the driver's seat in the floor board. The ammunition found in the pickup reportedly looked identical to the one found at the scene.
Baker allegedly admitted to being at Victory Drive and being in a physical altercation with the victim at the home of Jessica Martin. Witnesses allegedly stated there were several individuals standing next to the victim when he was shot.
Baker was placed under arrest at 1:33 Sunday morning for Assault 1st degree and Wanton Endangerment 1st. He is lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.
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