One 18-year-old man allegedly shot another in the hand late Monday night while firing a shotgun from the window of an SUV traveling on U.S. Highway 97. One man ended up in the hospital and the other in jail.
Bend resident Gabriel McGhehey was firing a stolen 12-gauge shotgun from an SUV window shortly before 11 p.m. as the vehicle approached Bend on its way from Redmond to La Pine, according to a Bend Police Department press release. Four other people were in the SUV, including 18-year-old Keizer resident Noah Small, who told McGhehey to stop firing out the window and tried to push the shotgun away from the window and himself. McGhehey allegedly fired the gun, partially tearing off several fingers from Small’s left hand.
Small was dropped off at Albertsons south, where Bend Police were dispatched at about 11 p.m. Monday. He was taken to St. Charles Bend for treatment.
McGhehey was stopped while leaving a home in La Pine at 1 p.m. Tuesday. He was taken into custody, and evidence — including the shotgun — was recovered from the SUV in which Small was shot. The gun had been reported stolen earlier on Tuesday.
McGhehey was taken to the Deschutes County jail on suspicion of assault, unlawful use of a weapon, theft and reckless endangerment.