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HCSO: Man shot twice in Loleta, shooter still at large

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LOLETA, Calif. - Deputies are searching for a suspect who reportedly shot a man twice Sunday, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office (HCSO). But officials said the victim did not see the attacker.

According to HCSO, on Nov. 5 at around 5:30 p.m. deputies were dispatched to the Redwood Memorial Hospital, after learning a shooting victim was in their care. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the victim, who told them that earlier in the day he was on Indianola Reservation Road in Loleta when he heard two gunshots. The victim said when he turned toward the direction the shots were coming from, he was struck in the right eye and shoulder with what appeared to be bird shot, according to deputies.

The victim did not see the person who shot him but did see a "hunting type dog," HCSO said. Doctors later confirmed the victim was shot with bird shot, which is the smallest size bullet for shotguns. The victim was flown south for advanced medical treatment and is expected to recover from his injuries, officials said.

This case is being investigated as a negligent discharge of a firearm. The HCSO is requesting the public's help in finding the suspect. Please call 707-445-7251 if you have any information regarding this investigation.

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