MT. VERNON — —
The victim, 64-year-old James Rector, died as a result of his injury — a gunshot wound to the stomach, according to Jefferson County Coroner Eddie Joe Marks. Marks said the fatal gunshot wound was self-inflicted. Rector was pronounced dead at 5:18 p.m. He had been taken in for surgery and died in an operating room at the hospital, authorities reported.
Police and emergency services personnel responded to a report of a shooting victim at 328 S. Third St. shortly after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Initial scanner reports indicated the victim called 911 to report he was shot and then hung up the phone, and did not pick up after dispatchers tried to call him back.
The Mt. Vernon Police Department is investigating the incident.