- Associated Press - Monday, January 1, 2018

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) - A man trying to break up a fight was wounded when gunfire erupted during a New Year’s Eve gathering at a central Oregon restaurant.

Prineville Police Chief Dale Cummins says 38-year-old Nicholas Ricks of Bend suffered multiple gunshot wounds in the early Monday shooting at the Crossroads BBQ Pit & Pub in downtown Prineville.

KTVZ-TV reports that Ricks was taken to a local hospital in critical condition Monday.

Authorities arrested 26-year-old Omar Araim of Prineville. He was found walking just north of the restaurant. A handgun was recovered nearby.

Araim is in Crook County Jail on attempted murder, assault and other charges. He is expected to make an initial court appearance Tuesday.

Cummins says Ricks was among those trying to break up a fight between two women when Araim pulled out a gun and started firing. The police chief says the suspect targeted the victim.


Information from: KTVZ-TV, http://www.ktvz.com/

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