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Fort Bragg councilman fatally shot in woods

August 29, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A search is under way in Mendocino County for the gunman who killed a Fort Bragg city councilman.

Councilman Jere Melo was shot around 10 a.m. on Saturday in the woods near Fort Bragg.

A person walking with the councilman was able to escape and call for help.

The gunman has been identified as Aaron Bassler, whom authorities say is a transient.

There's no word on why Bassler may have shot the councilman.

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