Wolf Creek man recovering after murder attempt

Oregon State Police detectives from the Central Point office are working an attempted murder case in Wolf Creek in which a man was shot multiple times at a residence on Coyote Creek Road on Tuesday.

The victim, identified as Shannon Jerome Shults, 43, was rushed to the hospital early that morning and is being treated for several gunshot wounds at Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass.

Shults is expected to survive the shooting and is attempting to work with investigators, OSP Detective Travis Lee said.

"He has been giving us statements," Lee said. "His health is stable and the wounds do not appear to be life threatening."

Lee would not comment on any events preceding the shooting.

However, OSP is looking for a vehicle with a possible connection to the attempted murder. It is described as a mid-2000s black or dark colored Dodge pickup. The pickup might have damage to the left side.

"We are hoping that the public might recognize this vehicle and give us a call," Lee said.

Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson was notified of the 1:55 a.m. shooting in his county, but he had no deputies to send to the scene.

The department has been cut to the bone through layoffs as the county endures a financial collapse tied to a reduction in tax receipts and federal government funds tied to timber lands.

"When the shooting happened we had no one on duty," Gilbertson said.

OSP detectives made the nearly 50-mile trip up Interstate 5 to secure the crime scene.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact OSP Major Crimes Division Detective Travis Lee at 541-618-7950.

— Chris Conrad


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