Vancouver police

KPTV file photo.

VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) - Police are investigating a shooting in the parking lot of a Lowe’s store in Vancouver.

A 911 caller told dispatchers he shot someone outside the store at 18801 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. on Friday evening.

Investigators said a 49-year-old man was in the parking lot getting ready to leave when he saw another man running out of the store’s east emergency door carrying merchandise and heading toward a waiting vehicle with a women in the driver’s seat.

The witness drove closer to the other vehicle in an attempt to get the license plate information, according to police.

Investigators said the 22-year-old man who ran out of the store approached the witness’ vehicle and began hitting it with an ax handle, including breaking out windows.

The driver got out of his vehicle as the man with the ax handle moved toward him, according to police. Investigators said the witness pulled out a gun and shot the man with the ax handle.

The shooter then called 911 and provided aid to the other man until emergency crews arrived at the scene.

The man who was shot was taken to the hospital for treatment and remained in the hospital Monday, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

The Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit is continuing to investigate and no other details were released about this case, including possible criminal charges for either man. 

Copyright 2020 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.


Recommended for you

(15) comments


When seconds count, cops are just minutes away. Amendment 2 bridges that gap.

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

CHL. Oregon's is good in both Oregon..AND Washington. But from what I understand, not the other way around.


Oregon Concealed Handgun License is recognized in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Vermont. No Washington unless it changed.

Get your Oregon CHL, along with a Utah and Arizona CHL, and you are good for about 30+ states or so.


A good outcome.


A good outcome would have been a call for the morgue to show, up not an ambulance.

Erik Erlow Eeckhart

Good, this no problem with this, it's getting bad out there

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

In related news, JoAnn Hardesty, even though the crime didn't happen in her state, but since she considers ilani Casino her second home, felt compelled to comment. She said that the man who discharged his firearm in an attempt to defend himself against a violent attacker, should be defunded.


We will probably see more of this in the future , with the fools wanting to reduce and defund the police ! I feel sorry for the people that don’t have a concealed carry permit with all the crazy people out there , I’m just glad this guy took care of it and took this thug out of action for awhile

Cat of the Canals

Investigator: What did you see?

Witness: The guy swinging the axe got body sprayed.

***(This comment has been nominated for a 2020 Webby Gold Award)***

Mr Q

as they say .... play stupid games win stupid prizes


Ya' gotta love that second amendment.




Happy ending.


Don't bring an axe handle to a gun fight.



Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.