‘Super uncommon’ drive-by shooting in Lincoln County

The shooting took place on the night of September 10

A family of 6 survived a drive-by shooting in Otis, Oregon on the night of September 10, 2016. (KOIN)
A family of 6 survived a drive-by shooting in Otis, Oregon on the night of September 10, 2016. (KOIN)

OTIS, Ore. (KOIN) — A family of 6 escaped injury in what a Lincoln County patrol commander called a “super uncommon” drive-by shooting on September 10.

On Sunday morning, deputies were called to the 700 block of North River Bend Road and informed of a drive-by shooting that took place the night before. At the time of the shooting, 5 adults and one child were in the home but no injuries were reported.

The adults in the home told deputies they initially thought the noise they heard was fireworks, but they learned the next morning their residence had been shot at.

A family of 6 survived a drive-by shooting in Otis, Oregon on the night of September 10, 2016. (KOIN)
A family of 6 survived a drive-by shooting in Otis, Oregon on the night of September 10, 2016. (KOIN)

Witnesses told the sheriff’s office they saw an unknown man with a 4-door sedan in the area just before the shooting. The vehicle could have been silver or tan and an early 2000’s model Toyota or Honda, witnesses said.

Lt. Brian Cameron with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office told KOIN 6 News it appears to be an isolated event and he doesn’t think there is a threat to the community.

He did add, however, “This is super uncommon for Otis.”

Neighbors were surprised to learn what they heard was actually gunshots.

“It’s always seemed pretty peaceful and quiet,” Carole Logan said of the small town.

The quiet town doesn’t see this kind of crime often.

“If there’s a car driving in here after 9, it’s pretty rare,” Shawn Schnek said. “You don’t see headlights on this road after dark. It’s pretty rare. Let alone gunshots.”

No one was hurt in the shooting, but the neighborhood is rattled and scared.

“We all have grandchildren and it’s pretty scary,” another neighbor told KOIN 6 News.

Anyone with information on the shooting is encouraged to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 541.265.0669.

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