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Deputies find suspicious evidence in plain view at home where couple was shot Wednesday

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 16, 2020

In a search stemming from a Wednesday shooting that sent a couple to Deaconess Medical Center, deputies found a stolen car and car-theft tools, court documents say.

Security footage showed two victims in the driveway of 4311 East Eighth Ave. around 1 a.m. when three unknown men approached them and fired several rounds at them, according to court documents.

The woman, struck once in the right shoulder and grazed by a second bullet, told a deputy she and her boyfriend had only been in town for a couple hours when they were shot. Her boyfriend, struck in the foot, told deputies they were at the address so he could work on a car with their friend who lives there, court documents say.

The three unknown men approached them and either yelled “hey, hey, hey,” according to the woman, or “Tracy, Tracy, Tracy,” according to her boyfriend, and began firing rounds. Neither could describe the shooters and said they did not know why they’d been shot.

While inspecting the garage of the Eighth Avenue home, deputies found what appeared to be bullet holes in a 2020 Mini Cooper with a California plate. A search of the plate showed the car had been stolen in San Francisco, according to court documents.

When another deputy searched the house for bullet fragments, he spotted in plain view a key ring with several shaved keys on it, often used for stealing cars, according to court documents.

Then, when a detective turned on a computer to check security footage, with written consent from the homeowner, what appeared to be a manipulated Oregon vehicle title popped up on the screen. Another detective found “a large amount” of a white crystalline substance in a plastic bag in another bedroom.

A judge had signed off on a search warrant for deputies to seize from the house bullets, firearms, surveillance footage, keys or car theft tools, any motor vehicle, controlled substances and cash that could be related to drug sales.

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