UNION — A Union man is in jail for allegedly shooting and wounding a man early Monday morning.
Gerald Dejuan Hughes Jr., 20, 213 Wilbur Street, Union, is charged by the Union Public Safety Department with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime
Hughes is charged in connection with a shooting incident that occurred shortly before 1 a.m. Monday at a residence on Thomas Street. The incident report states that when the officer dispatched to the scene arrived he found a black male laying in the street in front of the residence. It states that another officer dispatched to the scene asked the victim if he knew who had shot him and the victim said he did not.
The first officer spoke with a witness who the report states was standing by when the officers arrived. The report states the witness said there had been an argument between the victim and an unknown black male. It states the witness said he thought the argument was over then the suspect brandished a small handgun and then fired some shots from it. The witness said he ran inside the residence because he is frightened of guns.
The report states the witness said the suspect was wearing shorts with no shirt and left the scene in a black Toyota.
An investigator then spoke with the witness while the first officer took photos of the incident scene and attached them to the incident report.
The report describes the victim’s wound as visible but apparently minor.
Union Public Safety Director Sam White said that Hughes was taken into custody Wednesday morning at a residence on Cambridge Street. White said that as of Friday morning the weapon used in the shooting had not been recovered. He said that after being arrested Hughes declined to speak with officers about the incident.
In addition to the charges filed against him in connection with Monday’s shooting incident, Hughes was also arrested on a city bench warrant.
Hughes was transported to the Union County Jail where he remained as of Friday morning.
White said that the incident is still under investigation.