Bulletin staff report

A Prineville man was arrested on an attempted murder charge following a shooting in a Prineville bar early on New Years Day.

At about 1:15 a.m. Monday, police responded to a report of shots fired inside the bar of the Crossroads Restaurant on Third Street in Prineville, according to a Prineville Police Department press release. When officers arrived, they found shooting victim Nicholas Dale Ricks, 38, inside. Ricks, of Bend, had multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to St. Charles Bend, where he is listed in critical condition.

Officers found the alleged shooter, Omar Ramzi Araim, walking on North Main Street in Prineville. Araim, a 26-year-old Prineville resident, has been booked into the Crook County Jail on charges of attempted murder and first-degree assault, according to the press release.

Araim was convicted in June, 2017, of driving under the influence of intoxicants and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to state court documents.

On Dec. 26, 2017, Araim was charged with harassment for allegedly subjecting a woman to “offensive physical contact” in September, according to court documents.

The Prineville Police Department would like anyone with information about this incident to call Sgt. James Peterson at (541) 447-8336.

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