Walker man found shot to death in Oregon, suspect found nearby

Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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COOS COUNTY, Ore. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A West Michigan man was killed in a drive-by shooting in Oregon.

Investigators say David Hortman, of Walker, was shot to death in his parked vehicle.

Deputies say a man with bomb-making supplies in his vehicle opened fire while driving overnight in Coos County, Oregon.

Newschannel 3 went to Hortman's home in Walker to see if we could learn more about him, but no one appeared to be home.

Detectives in Oregon say Hortman was in the area as an RV rep at a trade show, and decided to stay for an extra week to see the Oregon coast.

Around 1:00 a.m., pacific time, several witnesses made 9-1-1 calls regarding shots fired at Bastendorf Beach.

Deputies say at least 5 vehicles were shot, and in one of them, they found Hortman's body, who they say appears to have been shot while he was sleeping.

The man suspected of the shooting has been identified as 34-year-old Dillard resident Zachary Levi Brimhall, who was found dead in his vehicle from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Of the five cars shot at, three were occupied. Other people at the beach during the shooting make it clear it could have been worse.

"I thought it was just somebody throwing rocks at me, but my window shattered and I knew in that instant someone was shooting at me," said another victim, Mark MacPherson.

Police in Oregon say Hortman and the shooter have no relation, and at this point, detectives have no idea what the shooter's motive was, but they found multiple firearms in his car.

They say they are investigating to see if there may be other victims.

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