VALDOSTA -- A man was reportedly in stable condition Wednesday at South Georgia Medical Center after being shot in the lower back the night before in what police are saying may have been a drive-by shooting.

Felipe Orlando Deleor, 23, of Valdosta walked into the Frank's Mart, 800 N. Troup St., at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and told the clerk in Spanish that he had been shot and needed help.

He then reportedly laid down on the floor beside the store's entrance, clutching his stomach.

"We think he was on a bike and it was a drive-by shooting," said Valdosta Police Department spokesman Lt. Brian Childress, cautioning that the scenario is only a theory.

Witnesses at the scene told police that Deleor, who lives blocks from the store, approached the store on foot and was pleading for help. Police were on scene within minutes of the call, and the victim was transported to South Georgia Medical Center.

Police are speculating that Deleor may have been shot on Charlton Street, which runs parallel to Troup, just minutes before he entered the convenience store for help.

"He would have bled out if it had happened much longer before that," said Childress.

Childress said police have recovered the slug fired from the gun, and detectives are trying to find out exactly where he was shot and by whom.

"(Deleor) is saying he had no idea who shot him," said Childress. "He wasn't able to tell us anything."

Police ask that anyone with information about this crime or others call the department's Crime Tip Line at (229) 293-3091.

To contact reporter Peter Failor, please call 244-3400, ext. 247.

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