The alleged victim of a drive-by shooting in Lincoln City was arrested Wednesday and charged with making false claims and lying to police.
Isaiah Padron (Isaiah Padronage), 21, of Lincoln City, admitted he caused damage to his cell phone and minor injuries to himself after he accidentally discharged a stolen firearm while in the bedroom of a family member’s home.
On Monday, Nov. 12, at 3:34 p.m., Lincoln City officers responded to 950 SE 32nd St. on a report of a gunshot victim.
The alleged victim reported he had been walking along SE 32nd Street when a car pulled up, the driver fired a gun, and the bullet hit the cell phone he was carrying in his hand. Lincoln City Police Department (LCPD) detectives recovered the phone, which had damage appearing to be caused by a bullet.
In the days following the initial report, detectives conducted a follow-up investigation to determine the suspect’s identity.
During the follow-up, detectives determined the alleged victim made a false report to police. Detectives recovered the handgun and determined it to be a stolen firearm taken during the burglary of a Central Oregon home.
Padron was taken into custody for Filing a False Police Report, Reckless Endangering, Theft I by Receiving, and Disorderly Conduct. He was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail.
Padron said Monday that the cell phone saved his life. Upon arrival to investigate the incident, police cordoned off the area with yellow crime tape.
Padron said a white male, driving a black late-model four-door sedan near 950 SE 32nd Street & SE Fleet Avenue, shouted, “Hey you!” before shooting a bullet that struck Padron’s iPhone 7, sending shrapnel flying into the bridge of his nose.
“I went for a nice little walk and ended up barely getting home leaking blood,” he said. “Shrapnel from the phone scattered and got my nose.”
After the car sped off, Padron said he managed to make it to the Spyglass Apartments, where bystanders were able to assist him.
“I appreciate everyone who helped me. I’m just lucky to be alive,” he said.
Padron was taken by ambulance to North Lincoln Samaritan Hospital, where he received stitches and was released a few hours later.
“My ears started ringing and I couldn’t hear anything,” he said. “All I could do was try to stop the bleeding.”
Padron said a white male passenger accompanied the driver. He said he didn’t know who shot at him or why.
News release issued by Lincoln City Police Department Nov. 13
On November 12, 2018 at around 3:34 pm, Lincoln City Police Officers responded to the area of 950 SE 32nd St on a report of a gunshot victim. The victim, a 20 year-old-male, reported he had been walking along on SE 32nd St when a black, 4-door sedan pulled up and the driver fired a gun at him. The suspect was reported as being a white male.
The victim ran to the apartment complex at 950 SE 32nd St and reported the incident. The victim, whose name is not being released at this time, was taken to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital and treated for minor injuries before being released.
LCPD Officers closed down SE 32nd St for several hours to investigate and conduct interviews.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please call the Lincoln City Police Department at (541) 994-3636.
Earlier breaking coverage
UPDATE: Police said the investigation is ongoing and residents have been told it is safe to go outside.
Lincoln City Police officers cordoned off SE Fleet Avenue and SE 32nd Street due to a drive-by shooting around 4 p.m. Monday.
An adult male allegedly had his cell phone shot out of his hand as he walked on the sidewalk, police said.
“There is damage to the phone so we are investigating this as a drive-by shooting,” Lincoln City Police Officer Brandon Storm said. “Go inside and lock your doors. It’s not safe out here.”
Police said the suspect vehicle left the area and there is no manhunt in the crime scene area.
The adult male was not shot and did not suffer major injuries.