The McDonald County Sheriff's Office and Noel Police Department are currently investigating the shooting of a Noel man that happened around 5:30 a.m. Friday morning at an apartment at the east edge of Noel.
Ahmed Mohamed Abdi of Noel was transported to a Joplin hospital early Friday morning after suffering a gunshot wound to the face.
“Abdi and witnesses reported that four Somali men came into his home, assaulted him and then shot him once in the jaw,” said McDonald County Sheriff Robert Evenson in a prepared statement. “After the shooting, the assailants fled the scene.”
Abdi was treated and released.
Detectives are currently seeking Jajib "Buck" Rafle, 22, from Noel and the Kansas City area, for questioning in connection with the shooting.
Anyone with any information about Rafle's whereabouts are asked to contact Detective Brandon Barrett with the McDonald County Sheriff's Office.