Shooting Victim’s Family Speaks Out

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Police in Grants Pass are still searching for the suspected gunman in a shooting that happened Thursday morning, but family members say the victim is recovering and is expected to be okay.

The victim’s father says he heard a shot Thursday morning, ran outside, and found his 25-year-old son Eric Dexter had been shot in the leg. Friday, he says his son is making a great recovery. Stan Dexter says his son has been recovering at three rivers community hospital, and says the bullet missed every artery in his upper leg.

Police say Eric was shot by 23-year-old Trevor Walton during an fight Thursday morning outside Dexter’s apartment on northwest C Street. Walton is still on the run tonight. Eric Dexter’s father said his son had served with the Army in Iraq, and his Army training helped him avoid a more serious gunshot wound.

“The guy actually was pointing the gun at his sternum, and he said when he realized the guy was dead serious, he protected himself, and that probably saved his life,” Stan Dexter

Walton is 6-feet tall, weighs about 190 pounds and has brown hair and hazel eyes. Police said they do not thing Walton is a danger to the public, but anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Grants Pass Public Safety.