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A rural Beatrice man is accused of attempted murder following a weekend shooting that left another man in critical condition with injuries to his neck and spinal cord.

Gage County Sheriff Millard Gustafson said more charges are possible, depending on the victim's status.

“It depends on what happens to the individual at the hospital,” he said. “That could change everything, but right now it’s where we’re at. It’s unfortunate, but (the victim) is lucky he’s still alive. That’s the main thing.”

Gage County deputies sent to a home on the southwest outskirts of Beatrice at about 4 a.m. Sunday found people standing on the porch, a woman holding the victim's head as he bled from his neck. Rescue workers transported him to Bryan West Campus in Lincoln.

Investigators believe Nathan King, 32, who lives at the house, had been arguing with the victim during a party, threatened to shoot him, went inside, then fired a shot through the front door. The victim identified King as the shooter while being treated, according to court documents.

King was arrested and lodged in Gage County jail on suspicion of attempted murder, second-degree assault, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and terroristic threats.

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