Woman shot in possible target practice accident

Rural area where Gale Folgestrom was shot while walking to get newspaper, April 6, 2014 (Map by Benton County Sheriff's Office)
Rural area where Gale Folgestrom was shot while walking to get newspaper, April 6, 2014 (Map by Benton County Sheriff's Office)

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the weekend shooting of a 60-year-old woman wounded on her way to get the newspaper outside her Monroe area home.

Capt. Greg Ridler with the BCSO said Monday Gale Fogelstrom was walking down a rural street for about half a mile to her newspaper box when she reported hearing about 40 rounds of ammunition being fired. Hearing shots in the area is fairly common, according to Ridler.

As she continued down the road, Fogelstrom told deputies she was struck twice by bullets, entering both her lower left back and her left buttocks. Folgestrom was eventually picked up by a motorist and given a ride to her home, where her boyfriend called 911.

Neither bullet exited Fogelstrom’s body, but her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening upon initial assessment, Ridler said.

Two people, 47-year-old Jeffrey Field and 37-year-old Lena Potter, were named by Ridler Monday as being responsible potentially for Fogelstrom’s injury.

Deputies spoke to Field and Potter, who live about 100 yards from the road where the incident occurred. Both Field and Potter admitted to conducting target practice on their property when Fogelstrom was shot.

They were shooting down a heavily forested hill, according to Ridler, and were unaware anyone had been shot.

Field and Potter were not arrested, but deputies did remove two handguns and ammunition from the home. Neither have been named suspects and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Justin Bowers at 541.766.6858.

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