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Bend Home Hit by Shots; Neighbors Shaken

By Alicia-Barney
Published On: Feb 01 2012 09:54:12 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 02 2012 10:47:58 AM CST
BEND, Ore. -

For northwest Bend resident Tara Walsh, a mother of two, a quiet Tuesday night turned into fear as gunshots rang out and bullets smashed into her neighbor?s front windows, hitting way too close to home.

Police said the home was hit by several gunshots late Tuesday night ? some nearly hitting the man living there, police said. A search of the area failed to find whoever did it, officers said as they worked several leads in what they were calling an attempted murder.

Police responded around 10:35 p.m. to a ?shots fired? complaint in the area of NW 15th Street and Jacksonville Avenue, said Sgt. Devin Lewis.

They arrived and found that a home at 1523 NW Jacksonville had been struck multiple times by fired rounds, Lewis said.

The 33-year-old man alone in the house was unhurt, but ?was nearly struck by multiple rounds,? the sergeant said in a news release.

A search of the area and a neighborhood canvass was conducted by police, but the suspect or suspects were not found, Lewis said, adding that police were ?following up on multiple leads.?

The reality is that in this neighborhood, the house to the left has kids, as does one right next door.

?I was just laying in bed with Oliver, trying to get him to sleep,? she recalled Wednesday. ?And all of a sudden, I heard shots -- and it was a string of, like, nine of them.?

?I walked up to our front window to see if there were any cars out there or any commotion,? Walsh said. ?And when I reached for the blind, I heard a man's voice shout, ?Show yourself!? It was just this scream, and it just sent me to the ground.?

"I was just trying to figure out who's out there," she said. "At that point, I thought there was somebody out there standing with a gun, trying to get somebody out of their house to kill them or something."

Terrified, Walsh crawled to her kids, grabbed the phone and called 911. Police were soon on the scene.

?We just sat there and watched, and he (the dispatcher) said if we saw any flashlights out there, that would be the police looking around,? Walsh said. ?And we just sat there and watched the flashlights on our windows for at least 40 minutes before the police came to our door.?

Officers scoured the neighborhood, searching for clues. They were back Wednesday morning, as the Bend police forensics unit spent hours gathering evidence and piecing an almost deadly puzzle together.

It was definitely an unnerving night for the Walsh family, and concerns lingered in the light of day.

?I do worry about this, and I told my husband, we need to move,? Walsh said. ?But I love this place and I want to stay here, and I hope that it can be safe.?

A commenter on KTVZ.COM noted Thursday that shots also were fired at homes in northeast Bend last Saturday night. No windows were shot out, she said, but homes on Locksley Drive were shot at from the direction of Neff Road. Police Lt. Brian Kindel said officers "really don't know" if there are any connections, but "detectives are working both and trying to develop leads."

Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to contact Bend police at (541) 693-6911. You can also contact the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-877-876-TIPS, or use the form on KTVZ.COM?s Crime Stoppers page ? you can remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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