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Salem, Shoot Out in the StreetVideo by Jerry Freeman Salem-News.com
One resident of this Salem neighborhood says he's had enough, and is moving.
(SALEM) - Marion County Sheriff's Detectives worked through the night unraveling leads following a drive-by shooting that occurred in Salem early Saturday morning.
The first 911 calls were received at about 12:30am. Callers reported that someone had driven by a party in the 1000 block of Arabian Avenue NE and fired several shots into the crowd of party-goers.
Patrol deputies were responding to the address when they spotted a 1990 Honda Civic that had several bullet holes in it. The Honda was stopped on a nearby street with the lights on and engine running. 26-year old David Chavez Jr. was inside the car, suffering from gunshot wounds. Medics were immediately called. Chavez was transported to the Salem Hospital where he is being treated for life threatening injuries.
While deputies were following up at the hospital, a second victim from the scene arrived at the emergency room. 26-year old Robert A. Apodaca transported himself to the hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound.
The preliminary investigation indicates that a party was being held at the address on Arabian Avenue NE. Many of those in attendance were gathered outside and some were sitting in their cars when a car drove by. The occupants of the car fired numerous shots at the house, striking the Honda and both Chavez and Apodaca. Stray bullets also hit two nearby residences.
Indications are that at least one of the party attendees fired a weapon back at the suspects and may have struck the car and/or its occupants.
The suspect vehicle is described as a four-door white or light colored Malibu type car. It may have bullet holes in it. Witnesses were unable to provide descriptions of the suspects in the car.
No information is currently available on the total number of shots fired, or the weapons used. As both victims are still being treated, we have no information on their conditions or the wounds they suffered. Due to the late hour, no photos from the scene are available. The 911 tapes are being reviewed and will not be released at this time.
Detectives are interviewing witnesses and also serving search warrants on the Honda and the houses involved to obtain evidence. The case remains open as an active investigation, so no further details from the scene are available.
Should the public see a four door white or light colored Chevy Malibu type car with bullet hole(s) in it or know anything about this shooting, they are asked to contact the Marion County Sheriff's Office 24 hour number at (503) 588-5032. You may remain anonymous.
You may also email the detectives at Dwhite@co.marion.or.us or Tburwell@co.marion.or.us.
Here is a video essay from the scene by Salem-News.com's Jerry Freeman:
Source of information: News release from the Marion County Sheriff's Office
_________________________________Jerry Freeman is part of a new generation of dedicated news photographers who entered the Internet news industry as a second career. He shares in common with many people who fulfilled their life dream of becoming a visual journalist. Joining the Navy at an early age, and the Oregon Army Guard a few years later, Jerry has a wide range of life experiences. He describes himself as “a truck driver with a new found passion to bear witness to the world’s events.”
Teaming up with Salem-News.com he embarked on a new career as a video news photographer and reporter. Jerry's quick exhibition of natural talent and ability to shoot breaking news led to his becoming a published member of the Salem-News.com team.
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