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East Hillside shooting victim says he didn’t know his attacker

While police continued their search Wednesday for the gunman who opened fire near Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth’s East Hillside neighborhood, the victim of the shooting came forward to describe the robbery.

Duluth police confirmed Wednesday that Abraham Lamin, 21, was the victim in the shooting on Seventh Avenue East and Fourth Street, and they still had not named a suspect.

Lamin said he was walking to the SuperAmerica gas station shortly before 6 p.m. when he was approached by three men who seemed familiar to him, according to Northland’s NewsCenter.

The three got into an argument, so Lamin said he continued to walk down the alley to head home. That is when Lamin said he was attacked and robbed by the men. He said he fought all three men on his own and that before he knew it, one of the men pulled out a handgun and shot him in his right leg.

“I didn’t feel no pain, I thought they missed so I was running towards my guys and my man told me like, bro, stop, you got shot,” Lamin said. “So I looked down my leg. My whole right leg was bleeding, you know what I mean and I fainted, I passed out on the concrete and somebody called the police, they called the ambulance.”

Lamin was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries; he was released Tuesday night.

“I don’t know who did what, I don’t know who shot me; somebody shot me,” Lamin said. “I thank God that I’m still alive; it could have been worse.”

Duluth police said Tuesday the incident appeared to be sparked by an argument among a group of young men who knew each other

Police say three males were fighting in an alley over a bag the victim had. During the dispute, the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot the victim in the leg.

The suspect is described as a black man, 18 to 19 years old, 5 foot 7 to 5 foot 8 with a thin build. He was wearing a white T-shirt and black pants with dark shoes, police reported.

Authorities said they are continuing to follow leads and investigate the shooting.

This was the second shooting incident near Whole Foods in 15 months. Deandre Norwood, 22, was walking on Seventh Avenue just below Fourth Street on May 28, 2013, when he suffered a gunshot wound to the head after a brief argument with some other men.