Police investigating shooting on West Hartley Avenue

A house in the 500 block of West Hartley Avenue in Hermiston is blocked off after a shooting early Monday morning.

A 26-year-old man was shot early Monday morning on West Hartley Avenue in Hermiston.

He was identified Monday afternoon by police as Erik Campos Navarrete of Hermiston.

According to a news release from Hermiston Police Department, the department received a report of shots fired at approximately 1:20 a.m. in the 500 block of West Hartley Avenue, two blocks west of First Place.

Responding officers “located a 26-year-old male with what appeared to be a significant wound to his head,” and the man was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston and then Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Wash., where he was listed in critical condition. He was still in the hospital as of Tuesday morning.

On Monday morning police were still outside the residence, which was blocked off with crime scene tape, and the release from HPD stated that investigation is “still very much active.”

The department has not announced a person of interest or arrest related to the incident but is searching for the person or persons responsible. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Hermiston Police Department at 541-567-5519 or leave a message on their tip line at 541-667-5148.

An unrelated stabbing incident on Kelli Boulevard had taken place earlier that evening, and between the two incidents HPD received assistance from Oregon State Police, Umatilla Police Department, Boardman Police Department, Pendleton Police Department, Milton-Freewater Police Department, Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team (BENT), the Umatilla County District Attorney’s office, Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office and Morrow County Sheriff’s Office.

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