Newport man shot in leg after New Year celebration

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - The Newport Police Department is investigating the shooting of a 28-year old man Sunday afternoon.

According to a news release provided at the request of Region 8 News, Deandre Neal, 28, of Newport was shot in the upper left leg in the area of Hout Circle in Newport. Police said Neal checked in at Harris Hospital with the gunshot wound, which is not believed to be life threatening.

During the course of investigation, police found a large number of shell casings in the Hout Circle area, which are believed to have been illegally discharged to celebrate the new year late Saturday night into early Sunday morning.

According to the release, Neal was reluctant to provide much information. He also stated he did not see who pulled the trigger.

Police said the incident is still under investigation.

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