SALINE COUNTY - State police are searching for a suspect in a weekend shooting at a gathering of the Rainbow Family of Living Light in rural Saline County.
The suspect, who goes by the name of "Tree" or "Arlo," allegedly shot Carl D. Baker, 48, at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, a District 19 state police spokesman said.
Baker, who told police he "lives on the road," was shot with his own weapon, a bolt-action, military-type rifle, the spokesman said. He is in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis for treatment of a leg wound.
The incident occurred at the site of the annual Rainbow Gathering in the Shawnee National Forest, the spokesman said. A "rowdier" group of campers gathered around Baker's campfire in the early hours of Saturday, prompting Baker to leave his motor home and ask the group to "quiet down," the spokesman said.
When he returned to the motor home, the rowdies began beating on the home and busted out all the windows. Baker exited the motor home again and confronted the campers with the rifle. He shot into the ground or air, the spokesman said, not with the intent to hit any of the campers but to "run them off."
The suspect, named Tree or Arlo, then grabbed the gun from Baker and allegedly shot him in the leg, the spokesman said.
The incident is under investigation.