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25-year-old in critical condition following early-morning shooting in Hickory

25-year-old in critical condition following early-morning shooting in Hickory

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One man remains in critical condition after a shooting just after midnight in Hickory. No arrests were made as of Thursday afternoon.

Officers arrived on the scene at the 100 block of 18th Street NW early Thursday morning to find Nicholas Zachary Rozzelle, 25, lying in the street with apparent gunshot wounds, according to a press release from the Hickory Police Department.

Rozzelle was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center where he was initially treated and then transferred to Carolinas Medical Center by helicopter. He was in critical condition as of Thursday morning.

Rozzelle was confronted by two males wearing dark clothing just before the shooting, according to the release. One of the males shot Rozzelle and the two subjects fled the area on foot.

As of Thursday afternoon the suspects in this case are still at large and the investigation is ongoing, according to Chief of Police Thurman Whisnant.

Anyone with information regarding this ongoing investigation is encouraged to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or contact Inv. B. Ollis directly at 828-261-2614 or bollis@hickorync.gov.

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