Northern California volunteer shot while searching for hiker

A volunteer searching for a missing elderly hiker in a remote Northern California park was shot and wounded by an unknown assailant, setting off a search for the shooter.

Nevada County Sheriff's operations captain Paul Schmidt says the rescuer is in stable condition with a hip wound, and crews were working late Tuesday to bring him from a canyon to a site where a rescue helicopter can land.

He says two others who were with the injured man have been brought to safety.

The Sacramento Bee reported earlier that the three volunteers with the Placer County Search and Rescue team were among several groups looking for the 75-year-old man reported missing along the South Yuba River about three miles outside the rural town of Washington about 75 miles east of Reno, Nevada.

Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said helicopters with heat-detecting sensors are searching for the shooter.