State police at Fern Ridge are investigating an assault incident in which a gun was used and discharged.

Troopers said about 10:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, they responded to a reported shooting at Valerio's Bar, located along SR534, in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County.

On scene officers learned that Cory Barnes, 27, of Jim Thorpe, and a black male, were involved in a verbal altercation in the bar. Both men left the bar. Outside the bar the black male struck Barnes on the side of the face with a handgun.

Barnes was then shot in the left shoulder area, suffering a grazing wound. The suspect then fled the scene.

The black male was described as being short and thin.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at 570-646-2271.