Man sleeping in car shot and killed before suspect kills self

Man sleeping in car shot and killed before suspect kills self

COOS BAY, Ore. - A man shot and killed a stranger sleeping in a car at Bastendorff Beach before turning the gun on himself early Tuesday morning, the district attorney said.

The shooter's father was found dead from gunifre about 50 miles away.

Deputies found firearms and what appeared to bomb-making materials in the deceased suspect's car. The Oregon State Bomb Squad responded and found several "seal bombs" and materials that could be used to make an IED.

A second bomb disposal unit responded to the father's car after it was located. No explosives were found there.

David Jesse Hortman of Walker, Mich.
(Photo courtesy the Hortman family)

Investigators identified the victim as David Jesse Hortman, 43, of Michigan. Hortman is from Walker, a suburb of Grand Rapids.

His car was 1 of at least 5 hit by gunfire.

"I thought it was just somebody throwing rocks at me, but my window shattered and I knew in that instance someone was shooting at me," said Mark MacPherson, whose car was also shot.

Hortman, a representative of a RV supply company, was in Oregon for a show where he was an exhibitor on behalf of his company. He had extended his stay in Oregon to take a week of vacation to see the Oregon Coast.

Deputies identified the shooting suspect as 34-year-old Zachary Levi Brimhall of Dillard. Brimhall apparently shot at least 5 different vehicles, including 3 with people asleep inside. Besides the victim Hortman, no one else was hit by gunfire.

Brimhall's father, 58-year-old Ray Brimhall, was found dead near his vehicle on Middle Creek Access Road, about 28 miles east of Coquille and 50 miles from Bastendorff Beach.

Around 1 a.m. Tuesday, Coos County Sheriff's Office received several 911 calls reporting multiple gun shots at Bastendorff Beach.

Upon arrival deputies found at least 5 vehicles that had been shot.

In one vehicle located in the parking lot at the south jetty, deputies found Hortman, who appeared to have been shot while he was sleeping.

Deputies found Brimhall dead in his vehicle from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. They also found multiple firearms in the vehicle, in addition to the bomb making materials.

Frasier said there is no known connection between Brimhall and Hortman. Deputies suspect Brimhall fired at cars while driving through the area.