As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, neighborhoods finally re-opened and power restored following a tense situation that began just after 8 a.m. and involved a house fire, explosions and numerous gunshots fired from a Washougal residence.
According to Camas Fire Department Battalion Chief Larry Larimer, emergency crews were called at approximately 8:06 a.m. to a report of a house fire. When firefighters arrived at 3275 “F” Place, just north of Safeway, they were told by police officers that a shooting was in progress.
“We were all told to stay behind this building [the mini-mall on 32nd Street formerly home to Hollywood Video] because there was an active shooting in progress,” Larimer said. “We have just been standing down and developing a plan for when we are needed.”
Larimer said there were three engines and three medic units on scene, positioned at different perimeter locations.
The suspect fired dozens, possibly hundreds, of shots throughout the morning from high-powered rifles and handguns, but police did not return fire.