Man shot in leg, arrested for possessing stolen gun

Woody Ward, 31

A man shot in the leg Wednesday night was arrested hours later after police found he had a stolen handgun.

Police say Woody Ward, 31, of Rockford, was shot sometime around 10 p.m. in the 1500 block of Birch Court. He brought himself to a local hospital before police arrived to the scene. Ward’s injuries are described as non-life-threatening.

While police were investigating the shooting, they learned that Ward was in possession of a stolen firearm. He was subsequently charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a gang member and possession of a stolen firearm.

The exact circumstances of the shooting, and Ward’s injuries, remain under investigation. No other arrests have been made.

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