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Shot realty agent upgraded to ‘stable’

Two men charged in connection with shooting

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POMONA, Calif.–The medical condition of a new real estate agent who was shot while prospecting near his home after ending a 10-year military career just days earlier has been upgraded from "critical" to "stable." Separately, two men have been charged in connection with the agent's shooting and a fund has been established to help cover the cost of his fast-rising hospital bills and meet related expenses for his wife and four children. Eric Russell Hinks, 29, was rushed to a local hospital Nov. 1 in critical condition after taking a single shotgun blast to his back. He had just left one of his newly printed business cards on the front door of a home in the Los Angeles bedroom community of Diamond Bar after no one answered his knock. Although Hinks didn't know it, law-enforcement officials say, the home was occupied by a tenant who was growing and selling large amounts of marijuana. The new realty agent was shot because the tenant's brother mistakenly believed that "Mr. Hinks wa...