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1 hiker killed, 1 critically injured in California trail robbery

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:09 p.m. HST, May 18, 2014

RED BLUFF, Calif. >> A Massachusetts man was fatally shot and his hiking partner was wounded in a robbery on a Northern California trail, authorities said Saturday.

Francis "Pat" Gregory, 69, of West Tisbury, and a 76-year-old man from Manton, California, were hiking a trail north of Red Bluff on Friday when they were confronted by a gunman, said Tehama County Sheriff's Lt. Dave Greer.

The robber shot the men after taking their money and belongings, and left the victims for dead on a remote part of the trail until another hiker came upon them about three hours later.

Gregory died at the scene; the surviving victim was hospitalized with critical injuries. A doctor told investigators he was expected to pull through, Greer said.

The men were found about 100 yards from the start of a Bureau of Land Management trail that leads through grasslands, oak trees and lava rocks to an overlook above a bend in the Sacramento River.

Greer said the trail is a popular trekking destination on weekends but can be desolate during the week.

Gregory was the owner of the EduComp computer store on Martha's Vineyard and was a longtime town moderator in West Tisbury.

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HanabataDays wrote:
Gee, maybe we should change the Constitution to specify the right to arm bears.
on May 18,2014 | 05:11AM
ohaibill1 wrote:
Maybe a good question to ask a political candidate and see if they answer squarely or dance. Many people seem to feel they are adequately protected, which is an illusion that works until it doesn't.
on May 18,2014 | 07:18AM
KaneoheSJ wrote:
Good one. That one "made my day".
on May 18,2014 | 10:52AM
kekelaward wrote:
Lots of predators out there. Too bad they didn't take precautions. Red Bluff is an extremely beautiful and rugged area. There are wild boar, bobcats, mountain lions, bears, bald eagles and falcons amongst other wildlife there. Anytime there are bears around, you should be carrying a handgun in a caliber that starts at least with a 4. Strange things happen up there, like crop circles and unexplained cattle mutilations, some of cattle found in trees, as if dropped from a height. The area is also know for indian burial mounds, and being the last home of the Yahi Yana tribe which was totally wiped out by white settlers. Lots of mana there. I hope the culprit is located and the samething is done to him, as he did to these two poor guys.
on May 18,2014 | 07:54AM
cojef wrote:
Wondering if our nation's state of the economy had anything to do with this incident? The middle class is shrinking and have-not climbing.
on May 18,2014 | 11:39AM
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