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A rash of Phenix City vehicle burglaries and thefts turned violent early Monday morning when one person was shot.

Phenix City police were called to the area of Nancy Drive, in the Gatewood subdivision, about 2 a.m. Monday in reference to an attempted theft of an automobile, Phenix City police said Monday.

The complainant reported to officers that one of his vehicles was stolen out of his driveway; however, he was able to locate the vehicle nearby.

Police said the complainant discovered a juvenile male subject and attempted to detain him for police; however, the encounter turned violent when shots were fired, and one person was hit.

The gunshot victim was taken to Piedmont Regional Hospital in Columbus, Ga., for treatment. The unidentified victim is in stable condition, according to police.

Investigators later discovered that several vehicles in the Gatewood area were burglarized and several vehicles have been stolen. Phenix City police believe the people involved in these cases are to have participated in several auto burglaries in Columbus.

Police ask anyone who has information on the case to call the Phenix City Police Department at 334-298-0661.

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