Suspect sought in shooting

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Christopher Sardelli
A man is recovering after being struck in the face and shot at on Wednesday night.
Lancaster police officers are searching for a suspect in the attempted murder that happened between 8:15 and 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 23.
Officers learned of the assault after responding to the emergency room at Springs Memorial Hospital about 8:40 p.m., according to a police department press release.
The victim, who was being treated for a laceration under and above his right eye, told officers the attack happened as he was sitting in his car along Witherspoon Street.
He said a man who he knows only by his street name reached into the car and hit him once in the face with a handgun, the release said.
The victim told officers the attack was unprovoked. 
The victim immediately drove off and heard one gunshot as he was driving from the scene, the release said.
Officers later confirmed a bullet hit the car in the driver side door, though the victim was not hit by the round, the release said.
“There are no suspects,” said Sgt. Paul Smith with the Lancaster Police Department. “He (the victim) gave us a street name and investigators are trying to run down who that person is.”
Officers are still investigating the motive for the attack, Smith said.
The victim was treated for his injury and released from the hospital.
Anyone with information about the incident can contact the Lancaster Police Department at (803) 283-1171 or the anonymous crime tip hotline at (803) 289-6040.  

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416