A man was shot with an arrow Sunday after a dispute in Virginia Beach, Va., the police there said.

Police in Virginia Beach said the man’s injuries were not life-threatening.

They said preliminary investigation indicated that the incident stemmed from what they described as “a previous altercation between the victim and several other individuals.”

Authorities were called around 8 p.m. about a man shot with an arrow while driving, the police said. He was taken to a hospital for treatment, they said.

In a statement issued Monday, they said the case remained under investigation.

A Virginia television station described the victim as an 18-year-old high school student. The station, WAVY 10, in the Hampton Roads area, said he told a reporter by telephone from the hospital that the arrow was fired from a crossbow. He said he was hit when he shielded his girlfriend.

If it “would have missed me, it would have hit my girlfriend,” he told the station in a recorded interview.

He said the arrow left wounds on his back and chest and protruded from his body as he drove in search of help.

A woman told the station in a recorded interview that her husband saw something “sticking out” of the victim’s body as he was placed in an ambulance.