Original Story (Thursday Night): The Drew County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Thursday afternoon shooting in which both the suspect and alleged victims fled before law enforcement officials arrived.
Two women who were in their vehicles on Thomas Street in Winchester reported seeing Jesse Lee Farmer, Jr., 49, of Winchester, standing in the street arguing with two men before firing a shotgun at the men, according to Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober.
“A witness at the scene said Jesse Farmer shot two of the guys with the shotgun which held birdshot,” Gober said. “One was supposedly struck in the lower leg and one was supposedly struck in the buttocks area, but we have no victims. They fled the scene and still have not come forward.”
The women’s vehicles were struck by stray birdshot, but the women were not injured, according to Gober.
While law enforcement officials discovered physical evidence that a shooting had occurred, they found no blood and the alleged victims reportedly ran from the scene.
During the investigation, Gober said he learned that Farmer, who reportedly fled on a red 4-wheeler, could be in the Reed area, south of Tillar. “Sure enough, we found the red 4-wheeler,” Gober said. “He had hid it behind a residence. We searched the residence, but we were unable to locate him.”
Farmer is described as a black male about 5-feet, 10-inches in height and weighing approximately 185 pounds. Anyone who has information about Farmer’s whereabouts or the alleged victims is asked to call Gober at the Drew County Sheriff’s Office at 870-367-6211.