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31-year-old man shot, cut during altercation with known acquaintance

Posted at 5:11 PM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-12 18:11:59-04

WACO, TX — The Waco Police Department is searching for a suspect after a 31-year-old man was shot and cut during an altercation with a known acquaintance.

According to Waco PD, around 10:20 a.m. on Monday, August 12, officers responded to a report of a discharge of a firearm around North 9th Street and West Avenue. A short time later, officers responded to the 2500 block of Cole Avenue for reports of a shooting.

When officers arrived, they found 31-year-old Oscar Areas was at 1300 North 9th Street when he became involved in an altercation with a known acquaintance.

Waco PD says during the altercation, the suspect began cutting Areas with a knife. The suspect then pulled out a handgun and shot at Areas, who was attempting to flee from the assault.

Waco PD says Areas suffered two gunshot wounds in the lower torso and knife wounds to his neck, left elbow, and left torso. Areas' injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Waco PD says Areas was able to get into a vehicle and drive to his home on Cole Avenue before being transported to a hospital.

Waco PD is still searching for the suspect. The investigation is ongoing.