Shooting victim flown to Tucson hospital

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: The GCSO is investigating the shooting of a man south of Safford on Thursday night.

By Jon Johnson

GRAHAM COUNTY – A Safford man was flown to Banner – University Medical Center Tucson on Thursday for treatment of a shotgun wound to his thigh after being found yelling for help in the desert behind the Thunderbird Mobile Estates south of Safford.

The injured man was identified as Randolph Cornelus Dalzine, 36, of Safford.

According to Graham County Undersheriff Jeff McCormies, County Dispatch received a call at 9:33 p.m. from a resident on Ocotillo Street in the subdivision stating that a man could be heard yelling for help from the desert area southwest of his residence.

Deputies and medical personnel responded to the area and located Dalzine with an apparent shotgun wound to his leg. Dalzine reportedly advised that he had got into a confrontation with another individual, who then shot him.

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: The shooting victim was found in the desert southwest of Thunderbird Mobile Estates.

Dalzine was transported from the scene and was eventually flown to UMC for treatment. McCormies said Dalzine’s injury did not appear to be life-threatening and that he was likely in stable condition at the hospital. The Gila Herald has yet to receive confirmation from UMC.

Deputies worked the scene where Dalzine was found throughout the night but advised that the shooting may have taken place at a separate location, according to McCormies.

The investigation is ongoing.

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