Three weekend shootings in Salem leave two dead, one injured

Two people were killed and one injured in three separate shootings during what police described as an unusually violent weekend in Salem.

Friday, Aug. 26

Around 11:00 p.m. Friday, Salem officers responded to the 3900 block of Southeast Lone Oak Road after a call reporting a man with a gunshot wound, according to a Monday news release.

“Officers determined a dispute had ensued between a man and his former domestic partner,” the release said.

When the man forced his way into the home, an occupant shot him, police said. An arriving officer immediately provided medical aid while awaiting paramedics.

The man died while being transported to Salem Hospital.

“All involved individuals are cooperating with the investigation, and there is no community risk,” the release said.

Saturday, Aug. 27

Just before 3 a.m. Saturday, Salem police responded to a call reporting a gunshot wound at Geer Park.

Officers arrived to find the victim, an adult man, dead in the parking lot. 

Police learned a dispute between several people at an encampment resulted in a man shooting another man.

Police are investigating the incident, which is believed to be isolated “as all individuals involved were known to one another,” the release said.

Sunday, Aug. 28

Around 11:00 p.m. Sunday, Salem officers responded to the 400 block of Northeast 24th Street to a call reporting a person with a gunshot wound.

Police arrived and found the homeowner with a gunshot wound and treated her injuries while awaiting paramedics.

The woman and a family friend were outside the home when “two males approached and exchanged words with them,” according to the release. “Several shots rang out, and the woman sustained a gunshot wound which was non-life-threatening.”

Police said in the release they are still investigating the incident and would not release additional information.

“It was an exceptionally violent weekend here in Salem, but I want to assure the community that we are responding appropriately and that these incidents appear to be unrelated,” said Salem Police Chief Trevor Womack in the release. “All available detectives from our three specialized units were called in from home to investigate these crimes. Although the number of cases stretched our investigative personnel resources to their limits, the detectives and our on-duty patrol officers worked hard to ensure each was fully investigated. The team demonstrated our commitment to bringing justice to victims and keeping our community safe, and I am proud of them.”

The department did not list any arrests made in any of the shootings.

Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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Ardeshir Tabrizian has covered criminal justice and housing for Salem Reporter since September 2021. As an Oregon native, his award-winning watchdog journalism has traversed the state. He has done reporting for The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly and Malheur Enterprise.