(08/19/2003)
A Little Creek man has been shot in what was described as an "ambush" in a backwoods area five miles south of Creston.

Richard Starcher, who operates an auto repair shop on Little Creek, was fired upon by an assailant using a shotgun.

The shooter was reportedly waiting in a wooded area for Starcher to drive by.

The assailant reportedly fired through the driver's window and the back glass of Starcher's truck as he was driving toward his residence on Little Creek. A family spokesperson said about four shots were fired.

Starcher was taken to Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center by Calhoun EMS, where he was treated and released. "How he escaped from this is a miracle," said a family spokesperson.

After the shooting Starcher drove from the scene to his residence, about two miles away. Police removed the truck for evidence.

Sheriff Allen Parsons and two Deputy Sheriff units responded to the call about 8 p.m. A State Police trooper from Roane County also responded.

Police are looking for Starcher's brother-in-law, identified as Harold Stutler. Stutler and Starcher, according to a family spokesperson, have been involved in a civil suit over property rights.

The scene of the shooting was on the Ace Haney Hill, between Hardman Fork and Little Creek, near the entrance to a primitive road known as "Rattlesnake."


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