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The search continues for a teenager accused of trying to kill another man.

Charleston Police are looking for Daniel 'PJ' Lymon, who is wanted for attempted murder in connection with a shooting on Buchanan Street.

It happened Thursday afternoon.

Investigators said the victim showed up at the hospital with a gunshot wound to his thigh.

They said the men got into a fight over a girl.

Detectives believe Lymon is still in the Charleston area and that he is armed and dangerous.

"Daniel 'PJ' Lymon is considered armed and dangerous. If you see him based on the picture we put out yesterday, that's a pretty accurate depiction of how he looks now," said Detective J.A. Hunt

While violent crimes like this always seem to be splashed across the headlines, it turns out that the bad stuff isn't happening as often as it was last year.

"We've had 70 malicious wounding cases this year up until the end of October. That's down about four percent, so that's a good thing," said Sgt. Bobby Eggleton.

Malicious wounding cases include shootings, stabbings, or any other act that inflicts serious bodily harm on a person.

There have been five homicides this year. In 2011, there were only four homicides.

Still, those numbers are relatively low compared to other cities.

The most recent homicide happened on the East End.

David Booker, 25, was found dead in an alley way. He had been shot in the head.

Police have not arrested anyone, yet, but said they know who did it.

"We do have a warrant on file for an individual on that one, so it is a solved homicide. Has it been prosecuted? No, but it is a solved homicide," Eggleton said.

While the trend in violent crimes is down, Eggleton said it only takes one really bad case to make the numbers climb again.

As for Lymon, call Charleston Police if you know where he is at 304-348-6480.