Sergeant Brian Thompson of the Clackamas County Sheriffs' Office (CCSO) said police are "full-on" investigating at least four reports from drivers who allege their vehicle was shot near the heavily-traveled intersection of Highway 170 (Canby-Marquam Highway) and S. Barnards Road — the route primarily used daily by thousands of drivers traveling between Canby and Molalla.
The series of alleged shootings of automobiles began July 25 and continues to occur — so far between 10:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. — near the unincorporated residential area known as Needy, which is about a 10-minute drive south of Canby just west of the intersection of Highway 170 — also known as Ivy Street inside the Canby city limits — and S. Barnards Road.
Other nearby residents have reported similar incidents to Portland television news stations and in the Facebook group Canby Now.
"There's not a lot of evidence in the initial reports to link to where (the shooter) might be (operating) from," Thompson said. "We're using additional reports (from nearby residents) to narrow down where we think it might be occurring from and we are looking for possible additional victims (to come forward) to see if we can develop a suspect."
CCSO issued a press release that says they have talked to several residents in the area about the incidents and continue developing leads.
Several residential homes are nearby where the shootings allegedly occurred, including one right on the southeast corner of the busy intersection, as well as rural businesses Arellano Nursery and Temar German Shepherds Breeders.
At least one Canby citizen reported on Facebook that shootings have allegedly occurred near her home — she said it sounded like the gunshots were not far outside of her bedroom window — at S. Barnards Road and Elisha Riggs Road, which is just east of the Barnards Road intersection with Highway 170.
Roger Stevenson called the Canby Herald and said his daughter lives near the intersection of S. Barnards Road and Needy Road, and that the family is deeply concerned.
"Someone shooting off rounds at cars that misses, those rounds can go out into a neighborhood or a nearby house," Stevenson said. "That's ugly."
Sheriffs deputies are suggesting the public find alternate routes after sundown and to stay away from the intersection unless it is absolutely necessary to travel that way.
Additional tips, victims and information about this case also are sought by CCSO, Sgt. Thompson told the Herald.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the CCSO "tip line" by phone at 503-723-4949 or by filling out a tip sheet by going online to web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp.