'It went through the couch': Two homes shot at during crime spree in Woodburn neighborhood
Shots were fired at two homes in Woodburn overnight. One of the bullets nearly hit a grandfather while he was sitting on a couch watching TV.
The shootings were part of a string of crimes reported in one neighborhood within less than a mile radius.
A spokesman for Woodburn police said officers are still trying to figure out if the incidents are connected.
They believe the two shootings are gang-related. Officers also said there was an armed robbery on a block between the locations of the shootings.
Diego Salazar told KATU he's lived in his home on Creighton Street for 14 years with no problems.
But Sunday night he said was sitting on his couch in his living room at just after 10 p.m. when someone opened fire outside.
Five of Salazar's family members including his granddaughter, Adriana Isidoro, were asleep in the home when it happened.
Isidoro helped translate Salazar's statements.
"A bullet came through the door and it went through the couch," she explained.
That couch was just a few feet from where Salazar was sitting. The bullet ripped open an armrest and left a hole in the door that was still visible Monday afternoon.
"He came out and he wanted to know who it was but the car just sped up," Isidoro said.
And Salazar said he couldn't see the vehicle because it was too dark.
"We're pretty sure we know who it was," Isidoro explained.
She said she didn't want to name the person but told a KATU reporter she revealed the suspect's possible identity to police.
She said they don't know what the motive was for the shooting.
Salazar chuckled while saying he's grateful he wasn't sitting on the couch that got hit.
Police said about three hours later officers responded to a report of a second shooting on Oxford Street where a man told KATU bullets hit his home.
Before the second shooting, officers said two young men in their late teens or early 20s robbed two victims at gunpoint on Duke Street, stealing a van belonging to one of the victims.
It's described as a white 1997 Ford Windstar van with Oregon license plate number VRL095.
No one was hurt in any of the incidents.
If you have any information that can help investigators you're asked to call the Woodburn Police Department at 503-982-2345.
The latest FBI crime statistics show 45 violent crimes were reported in Woodburn in 2015. There were 62 the year before and 82 in 2013. In 2012, 73 violent crimes were reported and in 2011 there were 54.