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Man Shot While Trying To Rescue Missing Hiker Is Stable

UPDATE July 10, 10:26 a.m.: (AP) — A volunteer rescuer who was shot in the hip while searching for a missing 75-year-old man in a remote Nevada County area is in stable condition Wednesday.

The Sacramento Bee reports that crews worked late Tuesday to bring him to a site where a rescue helicopter could land. The volunteer's name and age were not released.

Three volunteers with the Placer County Search and Rescue team were among several groups looking for the older man reported missing along the South Yuba River near the rural town of Washington, about 75 miles west of Reno, Nevada, when the shooting occurred.

The gunman remains at large. The older man remains missing and is not believed to have any involvement in the shooting. A motive in the shooting was not known. 

The search for the missing hiker has been suspended.



Original Post: (AP) — A volunteer searching for a missing elderly hiker in a remote Nevada County park was shot and wounded by an unknown assailant, setting off a search for the shooter.

Nevada County Sheriff's operations captain Paul Schmidt says the rescuer is in stable condition with a hip wound, and crews were working late Tuesday to bring him from a canyon to a site where a rescue helicopter can land.

He says two others who were with the injured man have been brought to safety.

The Sacramento Bee reported earlier that the three volunteers with the Placer County Search and Rescue team were among several groups looking for the 75-year-old man reported missing along the South Yuba River about three miles outside the rural town of Washington about 75 miles east of Reno, Nevada.

Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said helicopters with heat-detecting sensors aresearching for the shooter.