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Tucson-area BP agents rescue man after Mexico shooting

A Mexican man, shot in the arm before he crossed into the United States, was treated by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents Wednesday morning in a remote area of the Tohono O'odham Nation, authorities said. 

The man, identified only as a 41-year-old Mexican national, called 911 and told the operator that he fled "from a group of assailants south of the border after being shot in the arm," said a spokesman with Border Patrol's Tucson Sector. 

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Mobile Response Team located the man based on his general description of the area, and found him near Vamori, a village on the Tohono O'odham Nation, about 64 miles southwest of Tucson, said the spokesman. 

BP agents with emergency medical training arrived by helicopter and stabilized the man. He was flown to a Tucson hospital, the spokesman said. 

Following treatment for the gunshot wound, the man will be processed for immigration violations in accordance to Tucson Sector guidelines, he said. 

TucsonSentinel.com's original reporting and curation of border and immigration news is generously supported in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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A Border Patrol agent walks a Mexican man, shot wounded in the arm in Mexico, toward an awaiting helicopter.