SALEM, OR (KPTV) – A 21-year-old man is dead after deputies found him shot in the head in east Salem.
Law enforcement said Eduardo Flores Rodriguez, of Woodburn, and two other people were shot late Tuesday night near Snoopy Lane Northeast and Linus Court Northeast.
When deputies arrived at the scene, they found a silver Chrysler 300 crashed into a van. Rodriguez was inside the Chrysler and had suffered a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
Rodriguez was rushed to an area hospital in critical condition. Hospital staff on Thursday pronounced him dead. The other two victims were treated and released.
Now, Rodriguez’s family is wondering who pulled the trigger and why.
“A good kid in my eyes. He was a kid. I mean, 21 – he’s a child. He hasn’t even started living life yet. I mean, there’s so many things I can say… This ain’t right,” said Arturo Rodriguez, Eduardo’s uncle.
Arturo and his wife Desiree don’t understand why their nephew is gone. They say he was a new father and a fisherman, with a loving family.
“Let’s just say that it was probably one of the worst days of our lives… one of the worst days of my life and he wasn’t even my son, he was my nephew,” Arturo said.
Desiree said, “I think all we know is that no matter what happened or what he did, he didn’t deserve to die like that at all. Absolutely not, nobody does.”
Investigators are still trying to piece it together, figure out how everyone involved is connected, and track down the shooter.
The sheriff’s office on Thursday afternoon served a search warrant at a home on Snoopy Court Northeast, though no arrests have been made.
Arturo says family members don’t know the other two men who were shot or why someone would shoot Eduardo. They don’t even know whose car he was driving. They say the Chrysler that crashed wasn’t his.
“We want to know. We want answers, so as of right now, we have no idea. I have no idea. I don’t know what happened. We don’t know anything,” Arturo said.
Now they’re just waiting, hoping for some eventual closure, as the investigation continues.
The family said they also really want to express their gratitude to those who came to Eduardo’s aid and called 911.
They have a GoFundMe set up for his funeral expenses.
No other details on what led up to the shooting, or any suspect descriptions, have been released.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at 503-588-5032 or submit an anonymous tip online.
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