REWARD OFFERED: Marine Shot While Driving Along U.S. 70

A reward has now been offered in the case of a Cherry Point Marine who was shot while driving down U.S. 70 early Wednesday morning.

Captain Joe Heckman with the Craven County Sheriff's Office says Corporal John Cooksey was heading west of U.S. 70 and driving home from Cherry Point with the window down when he heard a loud pop. The Marine told deputies he started feeling sick and pulled over at a gas station.

It happened near Captain Bly's Shipwreck Cove around 2:30 a.m., according to Heckman. The Marine was shot behind the left ear with what looks like a .22 round.

Captain Heckman thinks the shooting could be accidental, but they are continuing to look for those responsible.

Heckman says doctors decided not to do surgery on the Marine to remove the bullet.

Craven County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case. You can call either the Craven County Sheriffs Office at 252-636-6644 or Crime Stoppers at 252-633-5141.

The Marine Corps says Cooksey is an aircraft mechanic with the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing.

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