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G.I. wounded by S. Korea police

March 3, 2013 at 10:23 AM   |   Comments

ITAEWON, South Korea, March 3 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army soldier was hospitalized Sunday after being shot during a car chase in South Korea, police said.

The details surrounding the incident in Itaewon were murky Sunday, but police said the incident began with reports of shots being fired in front of a downtown hotel shortly before midnight.

Police told Stars and Stripes the unidentified soldier apparently was shooting a pellet or BB gun at passersby, who called police. Officers tried to contact the suspect near a subway station but he and another American allegedly fled in a car.

Officers grabbed a taxi cab and gave chase. They fired a shot into the air and then squeezed off three rounds at car, wounding the driver.

The Army issued a written statement saying the injured enlisted man was being treated at a U.S. hospital. It added breath tests indicated alcohol was not a factor in the incident.

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