Homicide investigation continues on
An investigation into the shooting death of a Newberg man earlier this month continues with little information being released to the public.
Officers responded to reports of shots fired in the area of South Main and East Second streets at about 11:40 p.m. Jan. 12 to find a man that had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was non-responsive.
"When officers arrived there were quite a few people in the area, along with a man that had been shot," said Capt. Jeff Kosmicki of the Newberg-Dundee Police Department. "Officers were faced with a fairly chaotic scene with pedestrian traffic (and) a shooter in the area."
Officers attempted lifesaving measures on the man, later identified as 20-year-old Mark Burnell, but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A native of La Grande, Burnell had been living in Newberg for about a year, police said. His next of kin were notified within 24 hours of the shooting.
Burnell was found on the sidewalk adjacent to an alley on the south side of East Second Street, Kosmicki said.
Neighbors told a Portland TV station they were startled by the sound of gunfire.
Kara Woodward told a KPTV reporter that she heard "Four to six quick pops, slight pause and then a louder boom" in front of her house.
NDPD detectives and members of the Yamhill County Major Crimes Team quickly began an investigation into the shooting.
"Based on witness interviews, investigators believe this was a homicide," a January 13 statement from the NDPD said. "This is an ongoing and active investigation."
Typically, when there is a shooting or homicide, police are quick to note if there is danger to the general public. The NDPD hasn't issued such a warning since the shooting.
"I cannot comment on this, other than to say the public should be vigilant and be careful," Kosmicki said, adding later "We do not have the person or persons responsible for the death of Mr. Burnell in custody. I'm not trying to create hysteria, but I also wouldn't feel right telling people they should not be concerned."
He declined to comment whether there has been progress in the investigation, other than to say "We have canvassed the area. If anyone in the area has video footage that we have not captured regarding this incident, please contact us so we can retrieve the video."
Information that might prove helpful to the investigation should be forwarded to NDPD Detective Joe Eubanks at 503-538-8321.
"Detectives from the Major Crimes Response Team continue working to bring the person or persons responsible for the death of Mr. Burnell to justice," a NDPD statement concluded.