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Police seek mystery gunshot victim

Sandusky Register Staff • May 20, 2014 at 12:20 PM

He goes by the name “Maxwell Shields” and he has a bullet hole in his arm.

   This is the mystery man Fremont police are trying to identify, and they’re asking for the public’s help.

   The man showed up at ProMedica Memorial Hospital in Fremont at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, seeking treatment to a gunshot wound on his arm, Fremont police Chief Tim Wiersma said.

   Given the nature of the man’s injury, hospital staff called police to the scene. The man told officers his name was “Maxwell Shields,” and he offered a bogus story about how he sustained his injuries, Wiersma said.

   “He had a story, how he says it happened, but it didn’t coincide with other stories (we heard),” Wiersma said.

   The man’s bullet wound had entry and exit points. He was transported to a Toledo hospital for further treatment, but once he got there, he skipped out of the hospital without ever providing details on his true identity.

   “He got to Toledo, and he left without being treated,” Wiersma said. “We’re not sure on his ID”

   After some investigating, police found a 2003 Chevy Malibu — they wouldn’t say how they found the car, or where — that could ultimately lead them to the shooting victim. They’re obtaining a search warrant for the car, as well as a warrant to search a cellphone the victim left behind in the Fremont hospital.

   Among other items the victim left behind at the hospital: a long-sleeve black shirt with a bullet hole in it; a gray T-shirt; black pants; some cash; a wallet with no ID; and a knife in the shape of a handgun.

   The owner of the vehicle, a woman, did not give police permission to search the car, which prompted them to get a warrant.

   Anyone with information can call Fremont police at 419-332-6464.

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