Prosecutor: Sleeping man killed in Oregon drive-by
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — A Michigan camper was shot and killed as he slept when a drive-by gunman shot up five vehicles in an Oregon beach parking lot before turning the gun on himself, authorities said Tuesday.
Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting. However, they suspect that Zachary Levi Brimhall might also have harmed his father, whose vehicle was found in another rural area, Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier said.
Investigators found several firearms and bomb-making materials in Zachary Brimhall’s vehicle and called the Oregon State Police bomb squad, Frasier said.
Authorities have not approached the car belonging to Ray Brimhall, 58, for fear it could also contain explosives.
Authorities said David Jesse Hortman, 43, of Walker, Michigan, was shot and killed while camping at the beach. Hortman represented a recreational vehicle supply company and had decided to stay for a week of vacation after exhibiting at a local show, Frasier said.
Mark MacPherson, whose car was also shot, told KCBY television he thought someone was throwing rocks at his car, “but my window shattered and I knew in that instant someone was shooting at me.”
There was no known connection between Hortman and Zachary Brimhall, 34, of Dillard, a rural community in neighboring Douglas County, authorities said.
The shooting occurred early Tuesday at Bastendorff Beach just south of Coos Bay. The area has long been a popular spot for homeless people as well as people who want to have a campfire on the beach.
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