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Walla Walla detectives searching for suspect(s) in recent shooting

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Walla Walla County Detectives are asking the public for help solving a recent shooting.

On Aug. 5, around 8:30 p.m., deputies were dispatched to Nightingale Canyon in Walla Walla County for reports of a hunter who had been shot and needed help.

The caller told dispatch that their hunting partner had shot a bear and went across the canyon to locate it while the reporting party stayed in place and observed the track, a common hunting practice.

While observing, officials said the reporting party claimed they heard a rifle shot come from the canyon and saw their partner fall to the ground.

Authorities said the caller then heard voices in the canyon.

The reporting party rushed to their partner who they said was bleeding profusely from bullet wound.

The reporting party told police they saw a person running north through a farm field.

Multiple people assisted with life saving measures and the injured hunter was transported to the hospital.

The hunter's condition has not been released at this time.

Authorities said search warrants are being applied, but the suspect(s) are still on the loose.

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Anyone with information is urged to call dispatch at 509-527-3265 and reference case number 2022-6318.

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