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January 30, 2014
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Manhunt underway for suspect in Canyonville shooting

CANYONVILLE — A Myrtle Creek man suspected of shooting another man in a parked car Wednesday remained on the loose today, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities were seeking David Allen Baumgaertel, 39, in the wounding of the 23-year-old victim around 4:50 p.m. in a driveway in the 400 block of Mont Street.

Immediately after the shooting, law enforcement officers were unable to find Baumgaertel or a red Honda Civic he was believed to be driving.

Baumgaertel and the victim know each other, deputies said, but they declined to elaborate.

Deputies arrived to find the victim conscious and breathing with a gunshot wound to his face. He was taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, deputies said.

Sheriff spokesman Dwes Hutson declined to confirm whether the victim remains at Mercy or provide his condition, citing security concerns.

The victim’s vehicle appeared to have three gunshot holes in it, deputies said.

Deputies taped off the crime scene and combed the area with flashlights. Other deputies patrolled the area trying to find Baumgaertel.

He is described as white, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 205 pounds. He has large tattoos on his forehead and neck, and a teardrop tattoo under each eye.

Baumgaertel was last known to reside in Myrtle Creek but has spent most of his life in California.

He was last seen driving a 2001 red Honda Civic described as having a black hood with a skull painted on it, deputies said.

He is wanted on suspicion of attempted murder. He should be considered armed and dangerous, deputies said.

Hutson said deputies are following up on leads and working with other jurisdictions where Baumgaertel may have connections.

“Getting the vehicle description out and his picture is key,” Hutson said. “It’s going to be pretty hard for him to hide.”

A neighbor, who asked to not be identified, said he saw the suspect take off in the Honda, but at the time didn’t know about the shooting.

“He’s probably pretty close to the border by now,” he said.

A passer-by said “issues have been going on for a long time.”

Anyone with information about Baumgaertel’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 541-440-4471.

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The News-Review Updated Jan 30, 2014 06:51PM Published Feb 18, 2014 03:00PM Copyright 2014 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.