North Bend, Oregon: Police search for suspect after three people found dead in separate incidents
“We have not positively identified who this individual is,” Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier said at a news conference.
However, investigators released several surveillance photos of the suspect, but warned people not to approach him. “We have to believe that he’s armed and dangerous,” Frasier said.
Frasier said the incidents began Friday morning when two people were run over at the Mill Casino in the city of North Bend, which is located on the Oregon coast, about 218 miles south of Portland.
One person died and the other is hospitalized in critical condition. “She’s in pretty bad shape,” Frasier said.
Soon after this, police received reports of a fatal shooting at the Herbal Choices Marijuana Dispensary, a little over a mile away from the casino. Witness descriptions led them to believe that the same individual was responsible for both crimes.
A description of the suspect’s pickup truck brought police to a trailer at an RV park next to the casino. A man believed to be the owner of both the truck and the trailer was found dead inside.
“There’s no question in my mind this individual died of homicidal violence,” Frasier said, but he would not reveal if the victim had been shot.
The suspect’s truck was found later along a highway in Lane County, Oregon, northeast of the crime scenes, crashed and set on fire.
A witness told police the driver ran away from the scene. Surveillance video at a sporting goods store in North Bend appears to show the suspect purchasing more ammunition before leaving the area.
Police say they have some idea who the suspect might be, but they have not positively identified him yet or determined a motive.