Unintentional target? Gresham family house hit by gunfire

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — Jennifer Mitchell said she, her husband and their dog Brida were awakened by the sound of gunfire that hit their rented Gresham home around 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

“I fell to the floor.” Mitchell told KOIN6 News: “It just scared me so much.” “I didn’t even think I was capable of doing that.” “I just did that.”

She noticed bullets in their bedroom, living room, garage, TV and even stuck in it. The police were called.

“Fortunately, the angle of shots was such that the bullets didn’t penetrate all the way through the room,” she said. “Or else the bullets are lined up right where I had fallen to the ground.”

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Gresham police found 20 shell casings in close proximity to the Mitchell home. A second house was also caught up in the crossfire.

“The whole thing, waking and realizing it was our home that they hit, was so frightening,” she said.

Jarom Swaezy, spokesperson of Gresham PD said this isn’t the first time that something similar has happened in that house.

Sweazy explained, “The previous incident happened on July 15, 2020.” “A person was shot by gunfire while inside the residence.” “That person was fine.”

The Mitchells were away from town a few short weeks ago, when, according to her, a neighbor told her that her house had been shot a couple of times.

The question remains if these shootings are connected — and if the Mitchells are an unintended target.

Sweazy stated that “that’s one thing investigators will look at in this case.”

Mitchell and her husband are sending a message to whoever is responsible for this crime, while investigators search for answers.

“We don’t know why this happened,” she said. “We just wanted to let people that we really don’t have enemies, and please stop shooting our house. It’s very scary.”

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A neighbor who had reported the shooting called the police to investigate the weekend shooting. Sweazy explained that the Mitchells had not initially checked the home of the Mitchells because they hadn’t contacted the police. He reminded everyone to call 911 whenever they hear gunfire, even if it is near their home.

As of this moment, no connection has been made between this shooting and the one that took place a few weeks back or the one in 2022.

KOIN 6 News continues to follow this story.

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