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Reward offered for info after Marine shot while driving in Craven County

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NEW BERN, N.C. - Craven County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) who shot a Cherry Point Marine.

Captain Joe Heckman says it happened around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, near Captain Bly’s in New Bern.

We’re told 24-year-old John Cooksey was driving alone along US 70 with his windows down when it happened. Heckman says Cooksey didn’t know at first he had been shot until he started bleeding. Cooksey then pulled off to the side of the road and called his friend then called an ambulance.

Heckman says the emergency responders didn’t know he had been shot with a bullet until they did an x-ray. He has since been discharged from CarolinaEast Medical Center.

Cherry Point officials confirm Cooksey is a Corporal with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. He's an aircraft mechanic.

Right now deputies are not sure if the shooting was accidental. If you know anything you’re asked to call the Craven County Sheriff’s Office at 252-636-6620 or Crime Stoppers at 252-633-5141.
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