Shooting suspect turns himself in

A suspect in Monday night's shooting in west Medford turned himself in to law enforcement this morning.

Christopher Michael Sheets, 28, of Medford turned himself into officers near the intersection of West Main Street and Perrydale Avenue around 7:10 a.m., Medford police said in a press release. A handgun suspected to be the shooting weapon was also recovered.

Officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 1500 block of Prune Street in Medford at about 9:45 p.m. Monday. They found Joshua Lee Sandusky, 33, of Medford, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the parking lot of a nearby convenience store.

He was taken to a local hospital with injuries that police described as "non-life-threatening." A spokeswoman at Providence Medford Medical Center confirmed this morning that Sandusky had been treated there, then discharged.

The two men know one another and both lived in or had connections to the west Medford area, Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said. The shooting happened in the yard at Sheets' home.

Hansen said the incident was not gang related, nor did it have any connection to a large fight that occurred in the neighborhood that involved suspected gang members early Sunday morning.

According to the press release the shooting is still under investigation and charges have not been filed. Hansen would not say whether or not Sheets was the only suspect in the case, but did say that the incident was not a drive-by shooting.

Mat Wolf

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