JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. - A soldier told deputies he was shot Monday afternoon while jogging on a Jackson County trail.
The attack happened around 2:30 p.m. on the Little Blue Trace Trail, near Independence. The section of the trail where the incident reportedly happened runs south from Blue Mills Road to US 24 Highway. It happened during a busy part of the day for the trail.
The victim, a 25-year-old active duty Fort Riley soldier, was back in Independence on leave. The soldier was wearing running gear and a backpack, described as a Camelback water pack, at the time.
Deputies said a man came up to him and demanded the soldier's backpack. The soldier gave the suspect the backpack.
The soldier said that as the suspect appeared distracted, he tried to run away, but the suspect shot him in the left ankle.
"The victim thought he could get away so he ran from the suspect at which time he fired a shot striking the victim in the back of the leg," said Sheriff Mike Sharp.
The soldier was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The incident caused concern among residents on the trail.
"I bike this a couple times a week," said biker Brian Koonce.
Koonce said the trail shooting is enough to make him find another route. He lives by the trail.
"It's easy for me to get on, but maybe I won't hit this one anymore," said Koonce.
They said the suspect is described as a white male, approximately 25-30 years old, approximately 6 foot 2 and medium build, wearing a large white t-shirt, very dark hair and pencil style sideburns going into a goatee.
Deputies are looking for a small red or maroon Chevrolet S-10 or similar type truck with rust on it that was seen in the area at the time of the incident.
If you have any information on the shooting, you are urged to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.