SALEM, Ore. – Salem police found a man shot to death inside his car in a ditch Saturday morning after they responded to reports of gunshots nearby.
It happened in the area of Fairway Avenue and Reese Hill Road Southeast at around 3 a.m., according to Lt. Dave Okada.
The victim was identified as 32-year-old Andrew Entizne. An autopsy by the state medical examiner's office concluded Entizne died of a gunshot wound.
Neighbors told KATU News they heard five gunshots.
"I would say this is a really quiet neighborhood," said neighbor Mark Wade. "Anything like that would kind of surprise me. Seems like a retirement community. My wife and I walk around here all the time, never seen anything suspicious."
Detectives said they suspect the incident was gang-related. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Vasas at (503) 588-6123.
From the Family
The victim's brother, Fred Entizne, later sent KATU the following family statement, along with a photo of Andrew:
"This is not just another 'gang related' incident. Andrew Entizne was a man that was a brother, uncle, and son that will be terribly missed by his family and friends. His untimely death has fractured hearts that only time can heal."
Andrew Entizne, photo courtesy of his brother, Fred Entizne.