3 dead after hit-and-run, shooting in North Bend

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Three people were killed and authorities were searching for a suspect after a hit-and-run crash and shooting in North Bend, officials said.

The incident began about 10 a.m., when a person was struck and killed by a pickup truck at an RV park at the Mill Casino, Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier said at a news conference.

A woman was also injured in the crash and taken to a hospital, where she was in critical condition, Frasier said.

A few minutes after the crash, police received reports of gunshots at Herbal Choices cannabis shop in North Bend. One person was killed, and officials believe the same suspect is responsible for both the shooting and the hit-and-run crash.

After the shooting at the cannabis shop, Frasier said the suspect went to a nearby sporting goods store and bought more ammunition. Frasier released several images of the man believed to be the suspect taken from surveillance video at the sporting goods and cannabis stores.

Frasier said officials have a “good idea” of who the man is but declined to release the suspect’s name before he is positively identified.

Police went back to the RV park and searched a trailer that was registered to the same person as the truck, Frasier said, and they found the body of the person believed to be the owner of both the truck and the trailer.

Frasier did not say how the person in the trailer died, but he said “there is no question in my mind this person died of homicidal violence.”

None of the people killed has been identified, and Frasier said it was unclear what, if any, connection they had to the suspect.

Police began searching for a white 2019 Dodge 3500 pickup, which was later found on Oregon 126 between Florence and Eugene in Lane County. The truck had been crashed and set on fire, Frasier said. A witness told investigators the person driving the truck at the time of the crash appeared to be armed with a handgun and ran into the woods.

Law enforcement agencies in Lane County were conducting a manhunt in the woods , Frasier said.

The suspect remained at large as of about 1:45 p.m.

Frasier said anyone who see the suspect should consider him armed and dangerous and call 911 immediately.

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