Man seeking treatment for back pain finds out he was shot


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A man walked into a hospital complaining of back pain, but hospital staff told him he had a gunshot wound, according to the Daytona Beach Police Department.  

Police said Desmond Nelson, 30, told the hospital staff that he was visiting someone in the 500 block of Jean Street when a large crowd gathered and a fight broke out.  Nelson said he was not involved in the fight and ran away when he heard what he described as "fireworks."

Investigators said as Nelson told the medical staff that he was making his way out of the area when he tripped on a grill and felt sharp pain in his back.  The medical staff told Nelson his injuries were from a single gunshot wound and not from falling on the grill.

Police said Nelson could not describe who shot him or provide a motive for the shooting. 

However, Nelson said he saw a small, white car driving slowly in the area. He described the car as being an older 1990s model four-door sedan, with tinted windows and a large round bumper. Nelson said he did not know if the car or its occupants were involved in the shooting.

Nelson's injuries were not life-threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers of Volusia County at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477).