A Martha’s Vineyard man is dead and his friend is in critical condition after both men were robbed while hiking in Northern California. Francis “Pat” Gregory, 69, of West Tisbury, was shot and killed while hiking with his friend in Tehama County, California on Friday afternoon, according to the Cape Cod Times.
From the Times:
Gregory and the 76-year-old friend, of Manton, California, were walking the Iron Canyon Trail between 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. when they were approached by a man who showed a gun and demanded money, according to the statement from the Tehama County Sheriff's Office.
After the men were robbed, the suspect shot them both and left them in a remote area 100 yards from the trailhead, the sheriff's office said.
Another hiker found the two men about three hours later, according to the Times. Gregory’s companion, who was not identified, is in critical condition.
Police described the shooter as six feet tall with a thin build, wearing dark denim pants with a dark t-shirt, according to the Red Bluff Daily News.
Gregory, a retired math teacher and owner of a computer and arts supply store, was well-known in West Tisbury, having served as Town Moderator since 1991, according to the Martha’s Vineyard Times. Gregory and his wife, Dorothy, moved to Martha’s Vineyard in 1972. They had two children, Shannon and Tim, according to the MV Times.