Benton County Sheriff's Office Investigate Shooting Incident (Photo) update with correct spelling of victims name
On Sunday, April 6, 2014 at about 5:37 pm, Benton County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) Patrol Deputies were dispatched to the 27000 block of Reese Creek Road, about five miles northwest of Monroe, for a woman with a gunshot wound. Medics from the Monroe and Corvallis Fire Departments also responded.
Gale Fogelstrom, age 60, from Monroe, Oregon, was treated for two gunshot entrance wounds. The wounds were on the left side of her lower back and the other on her left buttocks. It appears that the bullets had not exited from the victim.
On initial assessment, the injuries do not appear to be life threating. She was flown to Good Samaritan Hospital by a REACH helicopter. There is no condition update at this time.
BCSO Deputies investigated the incident and were preliminarily able to determine that Gale Fogelstrom had walked south about half a mile on Reese Creek Road from her residence to get a newspaper from a newspaper box. While walking, Ms. Fogelstrom told deputies that she heard about 40 rounds of ammunition being fired, which is fairly common for the area. She was walking north, back towards her residence when she was struck by two bullets. She continued to walk down the roadway before being picked up by motorist. Ms. Fogelstrom was given a ride to her home where her boyfriend called 911.
After an initial investigation, deputies spoke to Jeffery Field, age 47, and Lena Potter, age 37 at 24863 Dawson Road. They told deputies they had been target practicing on their property at the time the victim had reported being shot. They had been shooting north, down the heavily forested hill. Reese Creek Road is north about 100 yards directly below the hill. They were unaware anyone had been struck by gunfire. Deputies were able to recover the two handguns and ammunition Jeffery Field and Lean Potter had been using.
No arrests were made and the investigation is ongoing. If anyone has any information, they are asked to call Detective Justin Bowers at 541-766-6858.