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Man indicted in shooting

A Wyoming County man indicted Thursday on attempted murder and felony assault charges is accused of the Sept. 10 shooting of his former girlfriend, who went to his house to retrieve some personal items, state police said.

Joel J. Hammond, 47, of Covington, used a small-caliber weapon to shoot Janet Elliot, no age or address available, outside his Route 246 home, state police said.

Elliot and Hammond had recently split up, and Elliot went to Hammond's house to pick up her belongings, according to Rebecca Gibbons, State Police public information officer.

The meeting was seemingly amicable, there was no argument, and the two "left on a good note," police said.

However, Elliot felt something strike her in the back and was knocked to the ground after she left the house and was on her way back to the car.

"She felt this pain in her lower back, but she didn't know she was shot," Gibbons said.

While on the ground, Elliot called back to Hammond, who was in the house at the time to come outside to help her.

An ambulance was called, and Elliot was taken to United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia for treatment. It was there that she learned she had been shot.

Elliot was treated for the gunshot wound. She was released from the hospital and has since recovered from her injuries, police said.

Hammond was taken without bail to Wyoming County Jail.

e-mail: tpignataro@buffnews.com

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