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Vernonia man suspected in shooting still not located
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is still trying to locate a suspect identified in a shooting incident that sent one person to the hospital Saturday afternoon, Feb 18., in Vernonia.
Gregory Reynolds, 37, of Vernonia, was involved in a shooting that occurring 58000 block of Kirk Road just before 3 p.m., Saturday. CCSO deputies responded to a call at 2:49 p.m. after a resident of a home in the area reported that Reynolds had driven up to a home in the area and began firing shots from inside his vehicle.
Only one person, who was identified as Lewis Cochrane, 45, of Vernonia, was struck. Cochran was transported to Oregon Health Science University Hospital in Portland for treatment of the gunshot would.
Shortly afterward, at 3:17 p.m., deputies were able to locate Reynolds' vehicle, a red and white Ford pickup truck, at his residence 58442 South Nehalem Highway, but could not find Reynolds. The vehicle was then impounded by investigators on the case. It is unclear if Reynolds left the home on foot or by using another vehicle, a press release from the sheriff's office states.
Reynolds is described by the CCSO as 6-foot-1-inches tall, weighing roughly 150 pounds with brown hair, a beard and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing dirty blue jeans and a dark jacket.
On Saturday, Nehalem Highway South was closed for hours while CCSO deputies and officers from the Washington County Tactical team searched for Reynolds. The highway was reopened just after 2 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Anyone who has information about Reynolds is asked to contact the Columbia County Sheriff's Office at 503-397-1521. Renolyds has several felony warrants out which are unrelated to Saturday's shooting, and is wanted to for questioning in the incident. Deputies also state that Renolyds should be considered armed and dangerous, and should not contact him, if he is located.