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Indiana State Police issue correction, now say only one dead in Paoli triple shooting

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Indiana State Police say they made a mistake when they said a second victim died in Monday's shooting. 
Cory Harris, 25, was airlifted from IU Health in Paoli to the University of Louisville Hospital after he was shot in the head.

Police say initial reports indicated Harris died at the hospital. According to a press release, police now say he is still alive on life support, "pending an additional evaluation."

Meanwhile, police continue to investigate what happened. Crime scene technicians searched for evidence Tuesday morning that could help lead authorities to a suspect or suspects.

"We've got a long list of leads," said ISP Sgt. Philip Hensley. "We're trying to work our way through those, and by doing that we're hoping we can tie some things together to come up with a suspect."

Monday afternoon first responders found 56-year-old Nicholas Fields shot to death inside his trailer. Harris and 29-year-old Daniel Smitson were found outside. Police say Smitson was shot in the mouth and is expected to survive. They say he's able to communicate.

"We have a detective over at U of L right now," said Hensley. "Whether or not that's producing anything, that's up in the air. He's talking, but could be a little bit more cooperative."

"He said there was three people in a red Dodge truck but he didn't know any of them," Smitson's grandfather, Ronald Smitson, told WDRB News.

Smitson's family says he is talking to them. Ronald Smitson says his wife has been spending time with Daniel at the hospital.

"He told her that they threw him down on the floor and took a gun and shot him right through his jaw and came out just below his eye on the other side," Ronald Smitson said. 

Police say it's too early in the investigation to confirm this information. They also won't say whether drugs were involved -- something Nicholas Fields' family firmly believes.

"We're keeping our doors open for any possibility," said Hensley.

Hensley says an autopsy could help police determine a timeline for the deaths. They're still looking for tips. If you have information about the shooting, you're asked to contact Indiana State Police.

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