Investigators Looking for Person Who Shot Search and Rescue Volunteer in Remote Nevada County Forest

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NEVADA COUNTY -- Along the South Yuba River in a remote portion of the Tahoe National forest, 30 SWAT team members were geared up and armed Wednesday as they searched for a shooter.

Search and rescue volunteer Steve Wolf was shot Tuesday night while looking for a 75-year-old missing man with his team.

"They heard two gunshot rounds go off, one of them of course was shot in the hip and fell to the ground," said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal.

Wolf, 69, has been a key member of the Placer County search and rescue team for a decade.

"He goes to all in and out of county searches, he's one of the best that we have," said Placer County Lt. Troy Minton-Sander.

Investigators say Wolf's fellow searchers were only able to make out a silhouette of the gunman before the shooter took off running through the forest.

"They didn't have a good description of him, clothing or physical description," Royal said.

The initial search for a missing man has transformed into an all out effort to find the person who fired at an innocent volunteer.

"It's sheer cliffs, it's straight up and down hillsides they're trying to go," said Nevada County Lt. Bill Smethers.

Heat detecting helicopters helped the search from above, as deputies on the ground combed through the dense forest in hopes of finding clues.

"It's like a needle in a haystack, it really is," Smethers said.

Wolf was airlifted to Sutter Roseville Hospital in stable condition.

He's expected to recover.

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