ONTARIO — Ontario Police are still on the search for the person who shot a 31-year-old man multiple times early Wednesday morning.

According to a news release from Ontario Police Department, officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 700 block of Northwest Second Street at about 1:19 a.m. Wednesday.

Officers found the victim in the backyard, and one officer provided first aid until medical units arrived. The victim was subsequently taken by ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Ontario, and eventually taken by air ambulance to an undisclosed hospital out of the area.

Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms along with Oregon State Police are assisting Ontario Police in the ongoing investigation.

The victim’s name has still not been released.

According to Malheur County District Attorney Dave Goldthorpe, the victim of the shooting, whose name is not currently being released, was hit four times and is in the hospital.

Goldthorpe said the injuries were originally life-threatening but the victim is expected to pull through following surgery, which took place Wednesday morning.

Goldthorpe said the shooting victim was specifically targeted and the shooter is not believed to be a direct danger to others at this time.

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