Shots fired at Washougal home a mystery

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Deputies are puzzled as to why a remote Washougal home was struck by bullets Friday evening. The homeowner called 911 at 5:41 p.m. after three to five rounds struck the house, shattering a window. The house on Southeast 70th Street is in a densely wooded part of the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, north of Steigerwald Lake.

"We have no idea who did it or why," said Clark County sheriff's Sgt. Chad Rothenberger.

The couple who live there don't have any known enemies. They were not injured by the rounds, which broke a window and damaged siding near the front door, Rothenberger said. Police brought in a police dog to search the area but weren't able to find any useful evidence, he said.

Detectives continued investigating Friday night. They're not sure whether the shooting was intentional or an accident. People who live and hunt in the area can be heard shooting all times of the day, Rothenberger said.