Sam Wingate, a Korean war Veteran, died after he was shot in the back.
An 84-year-old Korean war veteran died on Sunday day after a mysterious gunman opened fire and shot him in the back.
The incident happened on 15 August when Sam Wingate was taking an early morning walk along the 800 block of Bayou Woods in the Pinehurst format with a good friend, a activity of the two usually did every morning, according to the Baytown Police statement on Facebook.
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“It is tragic that this morning’s walk ended much differently than all the others. At approximately 6:20 a.m. 84-year-old Sam Wingate was senselessly shot in the back, a cowardly act, which, had Sam flown to Herman Hospital to be treated for his injuries”, police said.
Wingate was paralyzed from the waist down due to the injury. Despite telling doctors he “would walk out of the hospital,” he succumbed to his injuries Sunday night.
His death “made this cowardly shooting even more tragic,” the police department continued.
Authorities are now offering a $20,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest of the suspected shooter.
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“I want to look the man in the eye and find out what the motive. I want to know why,” Wingate’s son said, according to KHOU 11. The news station did not name Wingate’s son.
Wingate served in the Navy during the Korean War and was a “respected member of the Pinehurst community for more than 20 years”, the statement said.
Anyone with information can call Baytown Crime Stoppers at 281-427-TIPS (8477).
Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.