Shooting Investigation

Jan 18, 2010 7:02 AM

Man Remains Critical After Shooting

A man remains in critical condition at UK Hospital after a Sunday morning shooting.

Police say 19-year-old Nathan Neal shot Phillip Masengale outside a house on Carlisle Avenue around 3 a.m.

Family members of the victim said that Masengale was trying to help a woman who was being attacked at a birthday party. The victim's brother says Neal was beating up his girlfriend. When Masengale broke up the fight, Neal got mad, went to his car and came back with a gun. The family says Masengale tried to grab the gun to defend himself, but it went off twice with one bullet hitting the victim in the chest.

Police have charged Neal with first degree assault.

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