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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Local man shot multiple times; no leads as of yet

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  • Ardmore Police Department investigators are seeking the answers to two questions this weekend — Who shot Juan Willis and why?
    Willis was shot multiple times early Friday. Police reports indicate the 32-year-old man was "dropped off at the local hospital's emergency room doors about 2:25 a.m. Willis was later air lifted to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
    Friday afternoon Sgt. Bobby Moore, who heads Ardmore Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division, said the shooting occurred in the 100 block of H Street NW.
    "There were several people standing around. There was some sort of verbal commotion. Willis was shot a number of times — in the leg and ankle," Moore said adding he was under going surgery at the metro hospital Friday afternoon.
    Known facts were slim following the predawn gunplay. Moore said Detective Larry Payne was assigned as the lead investigator in the case that had more questions than answers including whether Willis had a role in the altercation or was an unintended victim. Officers were in the process of attempting to identity witnesses, including those who "dropped" Willis off at the local emergency room doors following the shooting.
    "We are told two females drove him to the hospital. We are attempted to identify them," Moore said.
    Saturday Moore said Willis was recovering but remained in the Oklahoma City hospital.
    "He is suppose to speak with Detective Payne on Monday," Moore said.
    Willis was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant at the time of the shooting. The warrant was issued last month charging him with domestic assault and battery by strangulation. Willis' criminal history includes multiple drug convictions.
    Anyone with information concerning the shooting are urged to contact Payne police headquarters by calling (580) 223-1212.
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