Police seek fourth person linked to drive-by shooting, crash

Police are looking for a fourth person they say was in a car that crashed and killed one Tuesday morning on Old Stage Road.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office originally thought three people were in the 2004 Chevy that led Oregon State Police on a miles-long high-speed chase following a Central Point shooting.

Following an investigation, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office concluded there was a fourth man who allegedly ran off and hitched a ride to Gold Hill following the crash. Gabriel Perez, 20, of Medford, is sought as a person of interest who could be involved in the shooting.

Perez was allegedly in the car when Miguel A. Carbajal, 19, of Traver, Calif., fired several shots at Gold Hill resident Erik Lee Dorey, 22, and 19-year-old Jennifer Knutson, of Central Point, who were in an Isuzu Rodeo near the corner of Beall Lane and Circle Wood Drive just after 4 a.m.

Police saw the Chevy run a red light at the corner of Beall Lane and Highway 99 and pursued it up to Old Stage Road where it crashed near the 8200 block. Carbajal and passenger Francisco J. Campos, 19, of Traver, Calif., were taken to a local hospital for treatment. A passenger identified only as a 17-year-old from Central Point was ejected from the car during the crash and pronounced dead at the scene.

Dorey was shot in the mouth and transported to Oregon Health & Science University. Hospital officials would not release his condition today at the family's request. Knutson was taken to a local hospital and treated for injuries that were not gunshot-related, investigators said.

Perez has been convicted of numerous crimes since 2008, including burglary, second-degree rape and failing to register as a sex offender, according to court records.

Perez is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. He is Hispanic and has black hair, brown eyes. He has both of his ears pierced and has a scar on his forehead. He also has numerous gang-related tattoos, including the word "Norte" on his chest and right forearm, and the letters "ENE" and "XIV" on his left hand. All are symbols of the Nortenos gang, police have said.

—Ryan Pfeil


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