White City shooting suspect now charged with murder

WHITE CITY, Ore. – The suspect of a shooting in White City last month is now facing murder charges after the victim passed away.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Hector Cruz Orozco, 27 of White City, is believed to have shot a victim at a mobile home on Falcon Street on January 28. Officers say Orozco shot the victim at close range and fled the scene on bicycle.

Orozco was arrested the following day at another home in White City. He was booked into Jackson County Jail after his arrest.

Initially, Orozco was facing charges of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, and felon in possession of a firearm. Now, the attempted murder charge has been upgraded to a second-degree murder.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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