July 4 gunshot into air hits man in arm

By Stevie Mathieu, Columbian assistant metro editor

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A Vancouver man suffered a gunshot wound to his right forearm Friday night as he celebrated the Fourth of July holiday with friends at his home in the Orchards area, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

Logan Ostreim, 24, told deputies he was enjoying the fireworks displays going off throughout his neighborhood at about 11:30 p.m. when he felt a deep pain in his arm. He thought he had been struck by a firework, and his friends drove him to the emergency room at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

At the hospital, an X-ray revealed Ostreim had a bullet from a 9mm handgun lodged under his skin. It was surgically removed and Ostreim is expected to make a full recovery.

"It appears that the round was a random shot fired by some irresponsible individual celebrating the holiday, which unfortunately struck Ostreim on the downward trajectory," according to the news release.

The sheriff's office has no known suspects, and anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Joe Swenson at 360-397-2044.