Man who fired shots at vehicles on Interstate 5 reported to be dead
JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Authorities are investigating a homicide at a lodge and restaurant near I-5 just north of the Oregon-California border, as well as the death of another person on I-5, near the lodge.
The homicide is believed to be linked to shots fired on the Interstate a mile north of the border at about 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.
A man believed to be connected to the homicide was killed when he was run over by a pickup after firing shots at vehicles on I-5, according to The Mail Tribune.
The suspected shooter is believed to be connected to a homicide investigation at Callahan's Lodge, located several miles away. An employee was found shot to death in the lodge's kitchen, and his car was missing from the parking lot.
Initial evidence shows that the suspected shooter stole the victim's car, headed south on the Interstate, stopped in the middle of the road, got out, and began firing toward other southbound vehicles before he was hit and killed.
They do not believe that the suspect and victim knew each other.
The Mail Tribune reported on its website that police said a man in an older model maroon Subaru Legacy stopped his vehicle on I-5, got out of the vehicle and began firing at other vehicles on the interstate near Milepost 1. He was subsequently struck and killed by a gray pickup truck.
Deputy James Biddle of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office told The Oregonian that a homicide investigation was underway at Callahan's Lodge, located about six miles north of the California border, 11 miles south of Ashland.
The Jackson County Major Assault Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) is following the case. Law enforcement expects to release more information once an agency takes charge of the investigation.
Traffic from I-5 south is being rerouted at milepost 6 onto Highway 99. Drivers should expect delays.