CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — A woman driving along I-5 between Gold Hill and Central Point was struck by a bullet on Wednesday evening — an incident that Oregon State Police believes is connected to a series of "shots fired" incidents on the freeway over the past several months.
Troopers and emergency crews responded around 9:45 p.m. to I-5 northbound near milepost 37 after receiving a report that a motorist had been shot.
The woman had been driving northbound on the freeway when she was struck by a bullet, the OSP investigation found. She was taken to the hospital for treatment and was later released.
"OSP has reason to believe this shooting is linked to the previous shootings reported along Interstate 5 beginning in late May," the agency said in a statement. "Oregon State Police Forensic Scientists have responded to assist with the investigation."
The agency is working with District Attorneys in Jackson, Josephine, and Douglas counties on the case. OSP did not indicate that they have identified a suspect.
"OSP is still requesting public’s assistance regarding this investigation. If you any information regarding last night’s shooting or any of the previous shootings please contact the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 1-800-442-2068 or *OSP and refer to case #SP20-235168," the agency said.
OSP went public about the investigation in July, when the agency had identified five instances of vehicles struck by bullets on a stretch of I-5 roughly between Hugo and Canyonville. But the incidents continued over subsequent weeks, with at least one vehicle struck in Jackson County prior to this week.
While this latest shooting happened at night, OSP has said previously that the incidents have happened at different times throughout the day and night. NewsWatch 12 asked the agency if they had identified a consistent caliber of firearm used, but a spokesman said at the time that this was still under investigation.