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Police: 22-Year-Old Shot in Drug Deal Gone Wrong

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    Police in Taunton, Massachusetts, responded to a shooting late Wednesday night. 

    (Published Thursday, May 11, 2017)

    A 22-year-old man was shot in the chest in a drug deal gone wrong, according to police in Massachusetts.

    Taunton police say it happened early Thursday morning near an apartment complex on County Street.

    Three males and a female were inside of one vehicle, when a second vehicle pulled in and shots were fired, police said. The second vehicle then allegedly drove off as the people inside the first car, including 22-year-old Purvis Cole who had been shot, fled into nearby woods.

    Police say a little while later, Cole was found the woods behind the apartment complex with 19-year-old Cortney Silveira, and he was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, where he was uncooperative with investigators and started a fight with his family. He checked himself out of the hospital against the advice of medical professionals.

    A 16-year-old boy who allegedly had five ounces of marijuana and a mask also left the woods at the scene. He told investigators he was Cole's brother and claimed to know nothing about the shooting.

    Another 28-year-old man from Taunton, Ozair Gomes, was arrested for resisting arrest, disturbing the peace and possession with intent to distribute.

    Police say they do not have any information regarding the second vehicle involved in the shooting or who the shooter may be.

    The investigation is ongoing.