COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) – Some new details have emerged in the shooting that left a Michigan man dead at an Oregon beach.
Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier said Wednesday gunman Zachary Levi Brimhall fired more than 15 rounds from 100 yards away that hit the car occupied by David Jesse Hortman of Walker, Michigan.
But only one bullet hit Hortman, a shot in the side that killed him as he slept early Tuesday at Bastendorff Beach near Coos Bay.
Frasier says Brimhall shot five different cars at the beach 15 to 20 times each, and though three others were occupied, no one else was hurt. Brimhall then shot and killed himself.
Earlier, Brimhall had shot his father repeatedly after luring him to a remote location in the Coast Range claiming his car had broken down.
Hortman had told a co-worker at a recreation vehicle show in central Oregon that he was renting a car and taking a week off to drive the Oregon Coast, just looking at the ocean and sleeping in his car.
Hortman’s niece, Sarah Hudson, told the Grand Rapids Press that her uncle was artistic, a “jokester” and a family-oriented man who loved to travel and appreciated the beauty of the shoreline, which may explain why he decided to sleep in his car.
“He was just enjoying the view of the beach and the sunset,” Hudson said. “We didn’t expect anything like this to happen.”
He was a technical writer for a recreational vehicle parts and accessories manufacturer, working in Indiana during the week and returning to Michigan on weekends to care for his mother, she said.
KOIN 6 News sister station WOOD TV8 contributed to this report.