'Hell no, that man just shot at us!'
ROGUE RIVER — A Rogue River man was arrested Monday on attempted murder and other charges after he allegedly fired at least five shots at two Mail Tribune substitute newspaper carriers, including one from point-blank range as he chased their car in town early Saturday, authorities said.
Shad Gary Dunbar, 34, allegedly fired shots in at least three different locations as he chased carriers Linda Parker and Roger Price — with the last bullet blasting through their car's two back-seat windows as the pair crouched in the front seats, Parker said.
"It's terrible," Parker, 61, of Gold Hill, said Monday night. "He was literally after us to kill us. I thought he had shot Roger.
"We did nothing to that man," Parker said. "We didn't talk to him. All we were doing was delivering newspapers."
Dunbar had fled the scene and Rogue River police searched all weekend for him as they followed various tips, Rogue River police Chief Ken Lewis said.
Eventually, they tracked him to a Medford house early Monday morning and, with Medford police's help, found Dunbar hiding in the attic and refusing to surrender, Lewis said. A K-9 was sent in and Dunbar was bitten several times before he was captured, Lewis said.
Investigators said earlier they do not know a motive for the shooting and that the victims did not know Dunbar.
The ordeal began about 5:30 a.m. when the couple delivered a newspaper to Dunbar's neighbor in the 300 block of Seventh Street and turned around to leave, Parker said.
They both saw a man standing as they drove off, then heard two gunshots, Parker said.
"I thought they sounded like fireworks, but Roger said, 'Hell no, that man just shot at us!' "
The pair tried to identify themselves as they continued down Seventh to Broadway Street, Parker said.
"We stuck our hands out (the windows) with papers yelling, 'We're paper carriers! We're paper carriers!' " Parker said.
Parker said they were fired on again at the intersection.
Police said Dunbar, a convicted felon from California who recently lived in the residence with his father, jumped into his father's Mustang and chased after the victims, who were in an old Saturn, Parker said.
"Good thing it was downhill," Parker said. "Roger was going 75 (mph) down Broadway."
Two Broadway houses were hit by bullets, and one of the bullets was recovered from a residence, police said.
Dunbar then met up again with Parker and Price on East Main Street, pulling up next to them and firing a shot Parker said smashed both back-seat windows.
Police said Dunbar then fled, and Parker said they drove to a nearby gas station yelling for help.
Dunbar later stole a pickup truck near Rogue River High School before he was tracked to Medford, police said.
Dunbar was lodged Monday in the Jackson County Jail by Rogue River police on two counts of attempted murder, four counts of reckless endangering, being a felon in possession of a weapon and unlawful use of a weapon, jail records show.
Dunbar remained jailed Monday on more than $2 million bail.
Court records show no criminal record for Dunbar in Oregon, but he was cited June 30 by an Oregon State Police trooper for driving without a license, records show. That case was listed in court records as pending.
Parker said the pair were one-time regular Mail Tribune carriers and occasionally were harassed by rural residents who mistook them for mail thieves during their five years of work here. Saturday's ordeal has shaken them to the core, she said.
"I'm leaving," Parker said. "It's the Wild West out here. I'm going back to Florida."