TEMPLE — A Temple man is in good condition following an early Wednesday shooting that left him hospitalized.

Cpl. Chris Wilcox of the Temple Police Department said police responded to a report of a man being shot about 12:20 a.m. in the 900 block of South 22nd Street. Officers arrived on scene to find a 24-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his upper body.

The gunman, who police said is believed to be a black man, fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt. He remained at-large Wednesday afternoon, Wilcox said.

The victim was transported by ambulance to Scott & White Hospital.

By Wednesday afternoon, he was alert and talking to investigators about the incident, Wilcox said.

The investigation is ongoing but robbery was ruled out.

There was some indication the gunman and the victim “knew each other or were at least familiar with each other,” Wilcox said.

Police did not release the victim’s name.

This shooting was Temple’s third major incident in less than three months.

Mazhar “Johnny” Aslam, 50, of Temple, was fatally shot April 2. Corey Thomas Williams, 20, of Houston, was indicted in connection with Aslam’s murder.

His bail was set at $1,550,000.

A shooting April 25 killed 20-year-old LaCrae Hill.

John Nathan Nichols, 24, was arrested and charged in connection with her death.

He was in Bell County Jail on Wednesday in lieu of $750,000 bail.

Anyone with information about Wednesday’s shooting is asked to call Temple police at 254-298-5500.

Deborah McKeon with FME News Service contributed to this report.

Contact Natalie Stewart at nstewart@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7555

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