VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) – Police are investigating after they say a woman was shot at while delivering newspapers in Vancouver early Sunday morning in an incident they believe to be connected with a short-term rental home property.
Officers responded to the 1000 block of Northeast 151st Avenue at approximately 2:47 p.m. to multiple reports of shots fired.
The woman delivering newspapers sustained multiple gunshots through the front windshield of her car, with the bullets barely missing her, police said. She was evaluated on scene and was not hurt.
An occupied home in the area was also hit multiple times by gunfire, with no injuries reported, according to the police department.
Investigators later recovered more than 25 bullet casings near the home. They believe the drive-by shooting is associated with a home rented through VRBO in the 1100 block of Northeast 151st Avenue, where a large party was allegedly occurring.
FOX 12 spoke with the VRBO property owner, who wanted to remain anonymous. He said he rented the home to a small wedding party that checked out around midnight–but somehow, things got out of hand afterwards. The property owner said he’s horrified by what happened.
“I think its horrific, I mean, the day where we are as a country, but more importantly, down in our communities, where it really happens, this is scary, this is absolutely scary,” the owner said.
Neighbors didn’t want to go on camera, but many said they woke up to the sound of gunfire. Two neighbors said they have bullet holes through the windows of their houses too.
Investigators are looking for any additional witnesses or leads in this case. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department’s tip line at 360-487-7399. Victims who have not reported property damage should call 311.
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