5th vehicle shot in 2 months at same spot near Canby

Van shot south of Canby

CANBY, Ore. – A minivan was the latest vehicle to be hit by random gunfire south of Canby early Monday morning.

A bullet shattered a passenger window and was inches from hitting the driver's head. Alex Haynes was on his way to pick his girlfriend up from work at around 3:30 a.m. when his window shattered. He said it sounded like something landed on his roof.

The shooting was the fifth reported at the intersection in the last two months.

The shootings all occurred between 12 a.m. and 4 a.m. near the Canby-Marquam Highway at South Barnards Road, deputies said.

"I didn't know if it was someone personally attacked me, or was it random?" Haynes said.

Neighbors then reported hearing gunfire Tuesday morning, though there were no reports of vehicles being hit.

“We had three separate witnesses call us and say they also heard the gunshots," said Sgt. Brian Jensen. "We spoke with the driver who heard the gunshot, checked his vehicle, fortunately, it had not been hit.”

"Someone could get killed. This is very, very serious," Jensen said. "Use extreme caution if you choose to drive through that area at night. We have assigned detectives to it, they have interviewed some of the neighbors, they are working on it diligently.”

There have now been at least 11 reports of gunshots heard in the area in the last two months without vehicles having been struck. Deputies took a report of gunfire sounds one hour before Monday morning's shooting. 

"This is a very rare occurrence," said Sgt. Jensen. "We are very concerned. This is scary."

Photos: Van shot south of Canby

The sheriff's office is urging the public to "use extreme caution in the area" as the investigation continues. There are no suspects.

"Don't be driving around there," Haynes said. "I could have been with family, with kids." 

Neighbors in the area are worried that stray bullets could hit their homes or children.

"Randomly we've heard some pops late at night," said Matt Salisbury, who lives nearby. "Sometimes it's been when we've been fast asleep, two or three o'clock in the morning."

Deputies believe the shootings are intentional. 

"It's frustrating. I feel so bad for those people because they're just on their merry way and they're victims of senseless violence and they didn't do anything to provoke it," Salisbury said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

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