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Search and rescue team member shot in Nevada County, shooter at large

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A Placer County Search and Rescue team member wounded by an unknown shooter in a rugged area of Nevada County was transported to the hospital Tuesday night.

Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said the Placer County team was among several groups assisting in a search for a missing 75-year-old man from Tulare County who’d been missing for five days.

They were searching along the canyon of the South Yuba River, roughly three miles west of the town Washington, at about 6:30 p.m., when they heard two gunshots coming from the mountainside. Royal said one member of the team was wounded in the hip.

He said the wounded individual and two other team members sheltered in place as law enforcement officers made their way into the area to extricate them.

Sheriff’s Capt. Paul Schmidt said that when rescuers reached the wounded man he was reported in stable condition. Eventually, he was taken by helicopter to a Roseville hospital.

Royal said several law enforcement agencies were assisting, and helicopters had been provided by agencies including the California Highway Patrol, the Butte and Placer County sheriff’s departments and the Sacramento Police Department.

The helicopter crews, he said, would use heat-detecting devices to try to locate the shooter.

Royal said the helicopters were also being used to transport teams to the area where the shooter remained at large late Tuesday.

The 75-year-old man that the search and rescue teams were looking for is not believed to have any involvement in the shooting.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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