Police lace a parking lot at Memorial Park with crime scene tape, after a man was found shot there Tuesday. Photo by Liz Henderson.

A man who was shot near Prospect Lake in Memorial Park on Tuesday begged bystanders to call his mother as paramedics wheeled him away, witnesses said. 

Police responded about 4 p.m. to the 900 block of Prospect Lake Drive, where a man in his 50s was lying in a parking lot with a gunshot wound to the left side of his chest, witnesses said. He asked people around him for water and pleaded for someone to call his mother, they said. 

Beverly Pickrom, who lives nearby, was on her way to visit her son-in-law when she saw a group of people standing around the wounded man.

"You could see his mouth was dry, and he was scared," she said. "That's why I went over to him and said, 'Baby, calm down.' Then the paramedics came and took his clothes off to treat the wound."

Another witness, who declined to be named, said he saw the shooter leave in a white vehicle. 

"The dude was walking towards me ..." said the witness. "I point to the truck, and I say, 'Yo, you see that truck right there? That's the shooter right there!'"

Police have not reported an arrest in the shooting, and the victim's name and condition have not been released.

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Liz is a multimedia journalist with a specific interest in space exploration and environment. She watches way too much Star Trek and is working toward her rescue scuba divers certification. Liz joined the Gazette staff in 2019.

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