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Real estate agent ‘critical’ after shooting

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DIAMOND BAR, Calif.--A brand-new real estate licensee who ended a decade-long stint in the military last month out of fear he might make a widow out of his wife and four children remained in critical condition late Tuesday, after being shot in the back while prospecting for listings near his own home in suburban Los Angeles. The shooting of Eric Russell Hinks, 29, has left his family and friends struggling for answers. But it also served as a reminder that there are some perils virtually all real estate salespeople will always face, no matter how many safety precautions they may take or how well they might prepare for danger. "Mr. Hinks just knocked on the 'wrong' door," said L.A. County Sheriff's Det. Laura French, who is handling the shooting. "There was no way he could have foreseen or prevent what would happen next." Hinks served two decorated, four-year stints in the Army before retiring from active duty and joining the National Guard about two years ago, his wife, Bobbie, tol...