A reported sighting of a man wanted on suspicion of attempted murder in Douglas County turned out to be unfounded, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office said today.
Lane County authorities issued a press release Thursday reporting that deputies had received a report that David Baumgaertel, 39, had been spotted in Creswell.
Deputies originally thought the sighting was credible, though uncertain. Deputies searched the area and talked with potential witnesses.
“Unfortunately, later in the evening, we discovered that the sighting was not Baumgaertel, it was another gentleman,” Lane County sheriff’s Sgt. David Bones said. “It does not appear to be related to the Baumgaertel incident.”
Bones said there have been no reported sightings since the false alarm.
Baumgaertel is suspected of shooting at a 23-year-old man who was in a parked car in the 400 block of Mont Street in Canyonville around 4:50 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
Deputies arrived to find the victim conscious with a gunshot wound to his face. He was taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, deputies said.
The victim’s vehicle appeared to have three gunshot holes in it, deputies said. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has not identified the victim or given an update on his condition.
Baumgaertel reportedly drove away in a red 2001 Honda Civic, with a license plate number of 533 FAE.
Mont Street resident Dorothy Meyer, 64, described the neighborhood as a safe area.
“We have a lot of kids that run up and down the street,” she said. “We all kind of watch out for each other. Normally it’s pretty quiet.”
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