Police investigate west Medford drive-by shooting

Medford police are investigating a Monday night drive-by shooting in west Medford.

At least four rounds were fired at 7:35 p.m. in the 1100 block of Dakota Avenue, with one bullet striking a house occupied by four adults and a baby, said Medford police Lt. Kerry Curtis. No one was injured. The bullet lodged in a windowsill but did not penetrate to the interior.

"It sounds like they were inside, and they heard the shots," Curtis said.

Other shots struck an unoccupied vehicle, but no one was outside at the time and no people were hit, Curtis said.

Witnesses reported seeing the shooter drive past in a white sedan, traveling east. A description of the shooter was not immediately available. Police are asking anyone in the area with video surveillance to let them know.

Police recovered multiple shell casings from the scene and are looking into whether the incident was gang-related.

"We have several people assigned to this," including the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team, Curtis said.

Dakota Avenue has been the site of several drive-by shootings over the past several years. Shootings were reported in June 2015 in the 1400 block, and in October 2014 and May 2013 near the intersection with Benson Street. No one was hit in any of the three previous shooting incidents.

Anyone with information about Monday's case is asked to contact Medford police at 541-770-4783.

— Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.

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