Victim of Pratt shooting upgraded to fair condition

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Riley Juel, 19, speaks with KAKE's Lily Wu at a Wichita Hospital after he was allegedly shot by a fugitive in Pratt, KS on the morning of March 1, 2017. Riley Juel, 19, speaks with KAKE's Lily Wu at a Wichita Hospital after he was allegedly shot by a fugitive in Pratt, KS on the morning of March 1, 2017.
STAFFORD, Kan. (KAKE) -

The victim of an early-morning shooting in Pratt was hospitalized in fair condition Thursday morning.

Police say that a clerk working at the KwikShop in Pratt was shot by a man suspected in a multi-state murder manhunt. Friends identify the victim as Riley Juel, a graduate of Stafford High School.

"Crazy!" said Austin Ceniti, a close friend of Juel. "No words can describe just knowing that a friend and classmate had something bad happen to [him]."

Juel is described as funny and reliable. Ceniti remembers him from playing high school football.

"I just wish it never happened to him. He is one of my friends. I played football with him.... I just hope he is OK." Ceniti said.

Word traveled fast that Juel was the victim of the shooting in Pratt. Residents of Stafford said their small town is going to support Juel with prayer, good thoughts and, for some, visits in the hospital.

"Tonight, we would really appreciate prayers," Stafford resident Rachel Sand-Oval said. 

The suspect in the shooting, Alex Deaton, was arrested miles away in Ellsworth County. Juel was taken to a Wichita hospital in critical condition. His condition has since been upgraded to fair. 

KAKE's Lily Wu is speaking with Juel at the hospital and will have updates on later KAKE Newscasts. 

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