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Gunman dead, 2 injured after Central Point shooting

Police are investigating the circumstances behind a Friday night shooting in Central Point that sent two people to the hospital, and sparked a manhunt that lasted less than an hour before the alleged gunman took his own life.

At about 7:30 p.m. Friday, a woman called 911 and told Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon dispatchers that she’d been shot, according to a release issued by Central Point police Capt. Dave Croft.

The call sent police to the area of Live Oak Loop and Mistletoe Court, where police found the bleeding woman, along with a second victim, a man, bleeding from an unspecified gunshot wound.

Mercy Flights paramedics rushed both to a nearby hospital to be treated for their injuries.

As of Saturday afternoon, police have not released information about the extent of the victims’ injuries. What’s known is that both were conscious and able to provide police information about the alleged shooter, according to the release.

In addition to the victims, other witnesses in the neighborhood provided police information about the suspect and the vehicle the alleged gunman used to flee the scene. The vehicle’s information was quickly shared with other law enforcement agencies, according to the release.

The search ended with another 911 call less than 45 minutes later, according to police.

At 8:12 p.m., an unidentified caller reportedly found the vehicle involved in the search in the 1800 block of McDonough Road in Gold Hill, along with a man who was apparently “beyond help” from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police at the scene determined the dead man to be the suspect in the shooting, the release says.

The Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit — which consists of investigators with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Ashland police, Medford police and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office — is investigating the case.

The identities of the shooter and the two victims were not released as of Saturday afternoon because police are working to notify family members. Police have not released any information about how the alleged gunman and the two victims could be connected to each other.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.