Oregon State Police still doesn’t have many details on the five shooting incidents that have taken place this summer along I-5 from Grants Pass to Roseburg. While they do have some people reporting that bullets have hit their cars as well, they believe there might be more out there.
“People are traveling through the area using I-5 as a thoroughfare between California and Washington,” Oregon State Police Lieutenant, Stephanie Bigman said. “They get up the road and something goes wrong with their car, flat tire or a coolant leak something like that, and they’re realizing there is a bullet hole in their car.”
OSP said it first received a report of a bullet hole in a car traveling along I-5 back in May, but the agency is continuing to receive reports through the summer as recently as a week ago.
A lot about these incidents is unknown, but here’s what OSP said it does know: at least three passenger vehicles and two trucks have been hit, and it’s happening in the areas between milepost 67 to 100 on both the north and southbound sides of I-5. Lieutenant Bigman says a lot of the important questions are still unanswered.
Police said part of what’s making it so hard to investigate is that people may not realize they’ve been hit until much later on.
Because of all the unknowns, Lieutenant Bigman believes there are probably more people that have been hit out there, but just don’t realize it yet.
“We’re really looking for more people out there that maybe have taken a bullet into the car, into the tires so we can try to narrow this down,” Bigman said.
Police ask that anyone with information call *OSP or *677. If you believe you have been hit, a trooper will come out to examine your car for bullet holes.
Devin Gooden graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a Master’s degree in Sports Journalism.
She has spent most of her life in Atlanta, Georgia and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in Business Management.
When she’s not reporting, Devin practices yoga, reads thriller novels and loudly cheers for her beloved Georgia Bulldawgs.