Bill Terebesi of Brookings was shot twice at about 8 p.m. Thursday near Strahm’s Storage on Oceanview Drive in Harbor in what law enforcement believes was a targeted attack, Curry County Sheriff John Ward said Friday afternoon.
“That’s what it looks like,” he said. “Someone walked up, engaged in a little conversation, he turned around and the guy just started shooting. I think they were after him.”
Terebesi, 46, was flown from Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City to another hospital, Ward said. He declined to name the hospital, fearing the person who shot Terebesi might pursue him there.
No arrests have been made in the attempted homicide, according to the sheriff.
Sheriff’s Office dispatchers received the 911 call at 8:08 Thursday night from Terebesi, saying he’d been shot multiple times and he was going to drive himself to the sheriff’s substation on Lower Harbor Road in the Port of Brookings Harbor. Sheriff’s officers met him there.
He said he was at his storage unit when he was shot by an unknown subject.
“Terebesi was in a great deal of distress but was able to give deputies a vague description of the suspect,” said Ward, adding the victim said he didn’t know his assailant. Ward said he believes Terebesi was targeted because Strahm’s Storage is accessed by a longer driveway in an isolated area.
Terebesi suffered serious injuries from the two wounds.
“He was pretty bad,” Ward said, citing HIPPA regulations when declining to divulge information regarding where he was struck. “They flew him out — immediately.”
Sheriff’s deputies went to Terebesi’s storage unit to corroborate his story. Nothing was taken from the unit, Ward said.
The sheriff then called the Curry County District Attorney and requested assistance of the Major Crime Team. Others assisting in the incident included Cal Ore Life Flight ambulance, Harbor Fire and Rescue Department, Oregon State Police and the Brookings, Gold Beach and Port Orford police departments.
At this point, Ward said, they do not have a motive for the attack, nor do they have any suspects.
Sheriff’s deputies and the Major Crime Team are continuing the investigation and ask the public to notify the sheriff’s office with any information that might lead to the identity and arrest of a suspect.
“It could be that, until someone says something to us, we might have to wait,” Ward said. “We have ideas, but we’re just theorizing. We’re working on it.”