Two people were reportedly shot Tuesday afternoon in a rural area southwest of Battle Ground and east of Interstate 5, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Both victims were shot in the legs and were transported to an area hospital.
The suspect is at large. He is armed with an AR-15 or similar weapon and is considered dangerous. He is described as a man in his 20s or 30s, wearing a black sweatshirt and jeans, with shaggy hair and a scruffy beard or 5 o’clock shadow.
The shooting was reported shortly after 4 p.m. in the 7400 block of Northeast 159th Street, which is in a rural area between Mount Vista and Brush Prairie.
The suspected shooter fled on foot, then carjacked a champagne-colored 2005 Honda Civic from a woman and fled on 159th Street.
According to the police radio, this apparently started when the gunman drove a different vehicle into a ditch in front of a residence, then shot the Samaritans who went to see if he was OK. The suspect was unknown to the shooting victims.
Northeast 159th Street is blocked from 72nd Avenue to 82nd Avenue due to the investigation. People are asked to avoid the area.
This story will be updated.