I-5 shooting

Oregon State Police block off a section of the overpass at exit 123 after a reported shooting on Interstate 5 south of Roseburg on Sunday.

Oregon State Police is requesting the public’s help after an altercation involving possibly three cars left a man dead from a gunshot wound.

At noon Sunday, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a reported shooting that occurred on Interstate 5 south of milepost 124. The victim, identified as 53-year-old Edward Lanier, of Myrtle Creek, was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg for treatment of a gunshot wound. He was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

OSP is seeking anyone who may have witnessed an altercation between the victim’s vehicle, a beige 1992 Honda Accord, the suspect vehicle, a late model silver four-door sedan (possibly a Ford) with no license plates and possibly a third vehicle with no description. A witness described the driver of the silver car as a male in his 30s wearing a red baseball cap.

The three vehicles were observed traveling west on West Harvard Avenue before turning south onto I-5 from Harvard.

Oregon State Police is asking anyone that may have observed this altercation with the three vehicles or with any information regarding this incident to contact Oregon State Police at OSP and refer to case # SP19095157.

Oregon State Police is also asking anyone who sees a vehicle and subject matching that description to call 911 and do not attempt to contact as we consider the suspect armed and dangerous.

The investigation is ongoing.

Mike Henneke is the news editor for The News-Review. He can be reached at 541-957-4208 or by email at mhenneke@nrtoday.com. Follow him on Twitter @ihenpecked.

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bohica13

This guy had a LONG history of drug related offenses. In fact he was out on bail with a court date of 3-21-19 when he was killed. This was NO road rage incident. Three possibilities: He ripped someone off in a drug deal and it was pay back time, or he was followed because he was transporting drugs to Calif, and he was targeted by former associates who robbed and killed him, or his former associates were afraid he was going to rat on them in his upcoming trial for legal favors. These are my D. Tracy, Jr guesses. One things for sure his killing was calculated, and not random. He had too much baggage for that.

Taxlady27

Exactly he was a liability. His associations and drug history would be my best guess as to why he was shot. dead men tell no tales. Sad for his family

EdsSister

He was not a liability, but this did have something to do with pot..but that's legal in Oregon...

EdsSister

Your 3 conclusions are all wrong...sorry! While he did have his indiscretions, he was also a Father, a Son, a Brother, an Uncle, a Cousin and a dear Friend...he had lots of family who loved him and miss him dearly...he grew pot...it's Oregon, right?! He was so much more than what you've said...

Taxlady27

I wonder if this might have been why he was shot...... Monday, Aug. 20 — Edward Anthony Lanier, 53, of Myrtle Creek was stopped for a traffic violation. Several factors of criminal activity were observed. A search of the silver BMW revealed over 30 pounds of high-grade marijuana. He was charged with a commercial drug offense and lodged in jail on $110,000 bail. The BMW was impounded by Hall Towing.

EdsSister

Not at all...he was shot because some waste of skin with no morals and respect for life wanted to spend eternity burning in hail!

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