Shooting victim to leave the hospital this week

Brandon Moran, who was shot in the abdomen March 2 by his brother, hopes to leave a Portland hospital this week and return to the local area.

However, he no longer wants to live with family on Peckerwood Lane. He plans on moving into an RV park in the Rogue River area.

Moran, 47, won't be able to go back to work as a butcher for a while, and is in need of donations for living expenses. A donation account has been set up at local branches of Umpqua Bank.

He has undergone six surgeries to repair damage from a bullet that traveled through his large intestine and struck his pelvic bone. He overcame a serious infection from his wounds.

"I'm feeling better every day," he said Monday in a telephone interview from Oregon Health and Science University. "I wanted to thank everybody for all their prayers."

Aaron J. Moran, 25, is charged with first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon in the shooting. According to the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, the two brothers had argued over long-standing family issues when Aaron Moran fired a shot from a revolver. He remains in custody at the Josephine County Jail. Bail is $50,000.

Brandon Moran's friend, Vallree Rader, opened the donation account, which is named the Brandon Moran Assistance Fund. "Just to help us get out of the area," Rader said. "He (Brandon) hasn't been working."

Brandon had been working at Ray's Food Place in Rogue River.

Moran said the incident was "life-changing ... some good and some bad."

"I've got another chance," he said. "A second chance. I've got to get myself healed up."

He said he'll use any donations for living expenses and for the move.

"I've talked to the manager of the RV place," he said. "They're saving a spot for me."

Shaun Hall is a Daily Courier reporter. Reach him at 541-474-3813 or

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