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Shooting at Hood River Marina: Underwater search yields suspect’s handgun

SKAMANIA County diver comes up with the suspect weapon at the end of the jetty Sunday morning. Ammunition and a hat were also retrieved from the water. Lack of silt and angled morning sun enhanced visibility for the divers.

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SKAMANIA County diver comes up with the suspect weapon at the end of the jetty Sunday morning. Ammunition and a hat were also retrieved from the water. Lack of silt and angled morning sun enhanced visibility for the divers.



The motive was not clear but fortunately for investigators the river was, in the case of Saturday’s shooting at Hood River marina.

Shortly after Saturday’s 6:45 p.m. shooting, Hood River Police officers arrested Tyson Sackett, 28, of Kamiah, Idaho, for allegedly shooting Mark Wright, 60, of Eugene, at the Hood River Marina. Wright was transported to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland after medics treated him in downtown Hood River, where he was able to drive while wounded. Sackett was transported to NORCOR and appeared in court Monday (Related story: Suspect in Hood River Marina shooting charged Monday with attempted murder) . It was the first case in memory of an assault case involving gunfire in the City of Hood River.

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. The Hood River County Sheriff’s marine vessel kept watch on the channel, escorting one pleasure craft past the scene while divers were in the water.

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Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Martin at the Hood River Police Department, 541-387-5256.

On Sunday morning divers searched the marina channel for the weapon believed used by the suspect.

Skamania County dive team found the .44 handgun in about seven feet of water after about 20 minutes of searching. The water was calm and clear, and the weapon was located about 15 feet from shore — the expected distance, based on eyewitness accounts, according to authorities.

”Fortunately, conditions Sunday were perfect: no wind, so the water was calm and the silt had settled, and the sun coming from the east made it easy to see,” Hood River Police Chief Neal Holste said.

The two men apparently did not know each other, and detectives are attempting to ascertain motive, according to Hood River Chief Neal Holste. Wright works at the Goodwill donation center next to Walmart, according to Det. Mike Martin.

“There was no provocation, the victim didn’t know the suspect,” said Martin. “(Wright) went down to hang out, and he was napping in his truck, and was woken by the suspect confronting him.”

Martin said Wright was unclear what Sackett said, but responded, “I don’t know you,” and tried to leave. Sackett allegedly opened fire as Wright started to drive away. The first rounds hit the windshield, and others hit the back of the cab as Wright drove away.

Wright was hit in his left forearm, right wrist, neck and head, Martin said.

Wright told Martin Monday he expected to be released by Wednesday; Wright and officials from Legacy Emmanuel were not available for comment.

Divers retrieved an ammo clip and loose rounds, along with a hat witnesses said Sackett was wearing.

The evidence was taken Tuesday morning to the Oregon Crime Lab in Clackamas County.

“We do know it is the weapon used,” Holste said, “though we can officially confirm that after the crime lab looks at it.” Divers recommended that detectives store the weapon and ammo in a ziplock bag filled with river water to prevent rusting.

On Tuesday, investigators planned to have a close look at both vehicles, which are in the impound lot.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired at the Hood River Marina. According to witnesses a man, later identified as Sackett fired several shots into in Wrights’ F150 truck at the north end of the marina.

Sackett fled eastbound across the marina, stripped off his clothing and jumped into the Columbia River and swam to the adjacent riverbank. Holste said witnesses saw Sacket throw the handgun he allegedly used into the water at the end of the jetty. Sackett emerged naked from the water and wrapped himself in a plastic bag he found on shore, according to Martin. Police located Sackett and took him into custody a short time later at a nearby gas station.

Wright was able to drive himself to downtown Hood River area before getting help. He came to a stop on Second near Oak Street, adjacent to the Hood River Police Department. Wright had to drive off the jetty and the half-mile trip down Portway Avenue to Button Bridge Road, enter the freeway and then exit it at Second Street, and go left nearly three blocks before stopping.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Martin at the Hood River Police Department, 541-387-5256.



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