Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 10, 2012

Police: Shooting victim ‘dumped’ outside hospital w/ VIDEO

Cops hunt for clues to Saturday incident

By Misty Knisely
Tribune city editor

— A shooting victim is refusing to cooperate with a Kokomo Police Department investigation, leaving detectives to pursue other witnesses.

Darius Liggin, 23, Kokomo, was found shortly before 4:30 p.m. Saturday outside the St. Joseph Hospital Emergency Room. He had a gunshot wound to his left leg and a cut on his left arm.

With Liggin not talking, Detective Mike Banush said the investigation has turned toward the driver of a car caught on the hospital’s surveillance cameras.

“The video shows the victim literally being dumped out of the car,” Banush said.

ABOVE: Video taken from security cameras at St. Joseph Hospital on a man being dropped at the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.

The passenger door was not even closed as the driver pulled away, he said.

The video shows Liggin lying on the road near the entrance of the hospital, struggling to pull himself toward the building for 2 minutes before someone entering the hospital notices him. A few moments later, several hospital employees rush to his aid.

Banush is looking for the public’s help in locating the vehicle and, in turn, the driver, whom police believe has information about the shooting.

Police are unsure of the make and model of the car, describing it only as a two-door, light-colored sports car. They have, however, released a photo of the car taken from the surveillance video.

“It’s not a common car,” Banush said.

Banush asks that anyone with information about the vehicle contact him at 765-456-7278 or the Kokomo Police Hotline at 765-456-7017. You may qualify for a cash reward by calling the Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS with your anonymous tip.