NIAGARA FALLS – Police are trying to determine if a car discovered abandoned but running early Saturday in the 3300 block of Ninth Street was connected to a shooting a couple hours earlier.

Police were summoned to the emergency room of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center about 12:30 a.m., after a man arrived with two gunshot wounds. Police said Levester J. Rose, 35, of Dudley Avenue, was shot in his right calf and left buttocks. The injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, police added.

Police said Rose told them he had been asleep in a car in the Unity Park area and awoke to find his companion gone and heard a “pop,” then fled the vehicle. Police said he was unable to explain anything beyond that point.

About two hours later, police said they discovered a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, its engine running and stereo on, but no one inside. Both front doors were ajar, both front seats reclined and there were bloodstains on one seat, said police, who added hat a bullet casing and a flattened bullet were found in the driver’s seat.

Also, a cellphone in the center console rang repeatedly, police said, and a baseball-sized chunk of suspected drugs was found in a plastic bag between a seat and the door. Policeo also said they found an open beer bottle.

The investigation is continuing.