Deputies: Man fires shotgun near school to 'scare crows' off SW Portland property

Photo of Mark Mordini from the Washington County Jail.

PORTLAND, Ore. – A 66-year-old man was arrested Monday, accused of firing a shotgun near a Southwest Portland school to “scare the crows off of his property,” the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.

The gunfire prompted Catlin Gable School and the nearby West Tualatin View Elementary to go into a lockdown.

The schools were in lockdown for less than ten minutes as a precaution, and there was no threat to the schools or surrounding neighborhoods.

It started about 12:15 p.m. when a teacher at Catlin Gable reported hearing a gunshot and saw someone run into a nearby home with a shotgun.

Deputies arrived at the school and contacted Mark Mordini, who matched the description of the shooter. He told them that he was trying to scare birds off his property with the shotgun.

Mordini was arrested and booked into the Washington County Jail on a charge of unlawful use of a weapon.

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