OregonLive -- Portland Oregonian: Police Identify ShooterSheriff's office identifies shooter in Hillsboro and Cornelius shooting spree that left two dead
By Lisa Lednicer, The Oregonian
November 21, 2009, 11:34PM
Police fatally shot a driver after he killed a passenger in another car Saturday in a bustling Hillsboro business area and then led officers on a four-mile shooting spree that ended in Cornelius.
Washington County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Bob Ray identified the driver late Saturday night as Shawn Schumacher, 28, of Hillsboro.
In what police called an apparent "random act of extreme violence," Schumacher was driving a green Honda Civic about 1:30 p.m. when he fired at least seven rounds from a handgun at two men traveling in the opposite direction in a red Mazda on Southeast 10th Avenue and Oak Street in Hillsboro.
At least one bullet hit the passenger in the Mazda, Danny K. Le Gore, 55, of Hillsboro, who later died at OHSU Hospital. Hillsboro police identified him as Danny K. Le Gore, 55, of Hillsboro.
Police said Le Gore did not appear to have any connection to the suspect.
When Zach Lamping heard shots and went outside the oil-change shop where he works, he saw a man with a handgun walk back to his car.
"I was thinking, did he really just shoot someone?" Lamping said. "I couldn't believe it."
Authorities and witnesses said Schumacher sped west on Baseline Street toward Cornelius while passing other vehicles and shooting at officers in pursuit.
Schumacher was driving fast on the right shoulder of North Adair Street in Cornelius when he crashed into a van coming down 14th Avenue, said Sgt. Bob Ray, spokesman for the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Schumacher got out of the car and continued to shoot at Cornelius police officers and Washington County sheriff's deputies, who fired multiple shots and killed him. No officers were shot.
The officers and deputies involved in the fatal shooting have not been identified. Ray said standard procedure in such incidents is for officers to be placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.
Resident Robert Layton, who witnessed the Cornelius shooting, said the man ran less than 100 feet before police killed him.
Layton, who was watching a movie when he heard the gunshots, said he saw a boy walking across the street during the shooting.
"Run, run, run!" he told him.
In Hillsboro, many people were walking, shopping, dining and working in the area when the shots were fired.
Lamping was working at the Jiffy Lube on the corner of 10th and Walnut in Hillsboro when he heard a car horn honking like crazy. A moment later, he heard about seven gunshots, he said.
Lamping said he went outside and talked to the driver of the Mazda, who was not shot but seemed to be in shock.
"He asked me what happened," Lamping said. "He kept checking his body to see if he was hit."
Lamping said it looked as if the red Mazda was just driving by when bullets hit it. "It was scary. I'll go home feeling safer. I'm glad that guy is off the street," he said, referring to the shooter.
About five people ran to the big windows at Aaron's furniture when they heard shots in the street, but general manager Alex Novoa told them to get back.
"This guy was crazy," Novoa said. "It happened so fast."
Witnesses gave conflicting accounts of the details.
At some point during the incident the shooter crashed into other cars, witnesses said. But there was no evidence that the red Mazda had been in an accident, Hillsboro police Lt. Henry Reimann said.
"We're not sure why he started shooting," Reimann said.
In the small community of Cornelius, the crash and fatal shooting occurred in the city core, near Cornelius Town Center and Cornelius Elementary School. The city has just finished making over the area, adding streetlights, benches and other improvements.
"I can't remember another time we've had something quite like this," Cornelius Mayor Bill Bash said. "This is the first time we've had a police shooting in Cornelius in a long time, if ever."
Bash said he was just thankful there were no other injuries.
"We've been working very hard in changing people's perceptions of Cornelius," Bash said, "and I'm hoping this shooting won't change what we started."
Layton said he recognized a 9 mm gun near the shooter's body. Police covered the body with a sheet, and at least 20 police cars were at the scene, Layton said.
The Hillsboro and Cornelius police departments, the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Washington County Major Crimes Team are investigating the shootings.