A man who claimed to be an innocent bystander was struck by a bullet during an altercation early Saturday morning.

Moultrie police were initially called to the 300 block of M.L. King Drive at 1:55 a.m. Saturday in reference to a fight in progress. Before officers arrived, though, the call had changed to someone being shot.

A witness told police a large fight had broken out and several shots were fired, but she said no one had been shot.

Officers found no victim there, either. What they did find were three 9 mm shell casings and a 9 mm bullet, police said.

While police were processing the scene of the fight, the Colquitt Regional Medical Center Emergency Room notified authorities that a gunshot victim had come in.

When police met him at the ER, 24-year-old Joshua Dewayne Peterson told them he was “just hanging around” when the fight broke out and he was shot. He said he was an innocent bystander, police said, and he told officers he didn’t know who shot him.

A hospital spokeswoman said Peterson was treated and released.

In other assaults

Moultrie Police Department

• Yvette Smith of Moultrie told police Friday her juvenile son was beaten up by two female juveniles in the 700 block of Seventh Street Northwest.

• Nicole Harper of Moultrie told police Friday that her daughter was assaulted by another juvenile in the 800 block of Sixth Street Northwest.

• Karen Sutton, 35, of 516 Highway 133 South, Lot 79, told police her husband, Timothy Jermaine Sutton, 31, of the same address, had her cell phone and purse and wouldn’t return them. When police arrived, they found Timothy Sutton’s face scratched, and Karen Sutton said he had shoved her against a hot stove, choked her and grabbed her by the hair.

The officer said he couldn’t determine who was the primary aggressor, but he knew Timothy Sutton had outstanding warrants so he arrested him so as to separate the two.

Timothy Sutton was charged with battery (family violence) and cruelty to children.

• Cheryl Angela Moore, 1300 block West Boulevard, reported Tuesday, that a male relative punched her in the eye during an argument on Nov. 7.

• Jerry Plymel, Moultrie, reported Saturday that he was beaten by two men at 12:21 a.m. in the 1500 block of First Avenue Southeast.

Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office

• Kayla Renee McClelland, 200 block Indian Lake Drive, reported Sunday that a male companion poured a beer over her head and struck her in the head with the beer can.

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