Driver, licensed to carry, opened fire after getting hit by vehicle

Driver, licensed to carry, opened fire after getting hit by vehicle
Police closed the Interstate 5 overpass in Woodburn after a shooting Saturday night. (KATU photo)

WOODBURN, Ore. - It appears a misunderstanding led to a shooting on an overpass over the weekend, according to new information released by police on Monday.

The shooting happened around 7 p.m. Saturday at the Interstate 5 overpass in Woodburn, near the Woodburn Company Stores.

Lejeune Bryant, 37, of Woodburn, was injured and is now in fair condition at Oregon Health & Sciences University.

Investigators have since learned that the shooting followed a minor fender-bender where one vehicle had lightly rear-ended another on the overpass.

The two drivers got back into their vehicles after agreeing to get off the overpass to exchange information. Police said Bryant looked back to make sure no traffic was coming and began pulling out. However, he told police he did not realize that the other driver, 31-year-old Ethan Carey of Tigard, had gotten back out of his vehicle.

Bryant ended up hitting Carey, although not hard. Police say that's when Carey, who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon, pulled out his gun and started firing.

"I heard three really quick gunshots," said D.J. Cowdrey, who works at a nearby restaurant. "Ten seconds later there was a really big blast, like a shotgun. So I came running back in the building. Customers were coming in that had laid down in the parking lot when it happened."

Carey has not been arrested in connection with the shooting, at least at this point.

"It's unclear whether he's done anything wrong," said Captain Jason Alexander with the Woodburn Police Department. "This is not a typical situation."