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OSP: Investigation finds shots were fired at vehicles on I-5 in Jackson County

The investigation into incidents of bullets fired at vehicles on I-5 in Douglas and Josephine County has found more cases, some in Jackson County.

Posted: Aug 11, 2020 10:56 AM
Updated: Aug 11, 2020 3:29 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — An Oregon State Police investigation into incidents where someone shot at vehicles along I-5 in Douglas and Josephine Counties now includes newly identified cases in Jackson County, the agency said in a statement on Tuesday.

The initial five cases that prompted OSP's investigation happened between mid-May and early July, all roughly between Hugo and Canyonville. Since the agency put out a public call for more information, several more cases have been identified — including in Jackson County.

"From the time of the first request for assistance on July 14, 2020 several additional vehicles have been confirmed to have been struck by bullets," OSP said in an update. "Previously only Douglas and Josephine Counties had confirmed bullet strikes. The geographic location has been expanded to include Jackson County."

No injuries have been reported yet, but investigators fear that it's only a matter of time.

OSP said that there have been eight cases confirmed so far between the three counties. All of them occurred while those vehicles were in motion, but seem to have happened both during the day and at night. The type of gun used is still under investigation, the agency said.

"If you are traveling on Interstate 5 and believe your vehicle has been struck with a bullet please call 911. Note the time, location and if possible continue out of the area," OSP said.

If you have information regarding the shootings or if you believe your vehicle has been struck please contact the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 1-800-442-2068 or *OSP. Reference OSP Case #SP20-173444.

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