Vietnam Vet Shot for Supporting Donald Trump in a Bar, He Claims

July 27, 2016 Updated: July 27, 2016

A supporter of Donald Trump said he was shot during a political disagreement in a Cleveland bar.

Paul Jones Jr., 60, was at his neighborhood bar Winston’s Place near E. 131st Street and Miles Avenue on Monday.

Jones, a Vietnam veteran, said he was talking to a friend about supporting Trump as president when another man disagreed with him.

“He butted in the conversation,” Jones told WCPO from his hospital bed. “The conversation wasn’t directed at him or to him.”

The man got angry and walked out of the bar before coming back with a gun. The man shot Jones in the leg and fled. Detectives are searching for the gunman, Cleveland police said.

“I’m quite sure you have a lot of people having their own opinions. But that doesn’t mean you should hurt somebody because you have your own opinion,” Jones’ mother, Latosca Jones, told WCPO-TV.

“People today, if you don’t think like you do, they’re ready to cause problems,” Latosca told WEWS-TV. “I’m quite sure there are people who have their opinions … that doesn’t say that you should hurt somebody because you have your own opinion.”

The shooter, if apprehended, will be charged with felonious assault, police told local media.

Jones is expected to make a full recovery.

The Republican National Convention was held July 18 through July 21 in Cleveland, Ohio, at Quicken Loans Arena.