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UPDATED: Hermiston Homicide Investigation Progressing Slowly

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HERMISTON, OR- Hermiston Police and the Umatilla-Morrow County Major Crime Team continue to investigate the murder of Alonso Madrigal. Investigators say this case is progressing much slower than they would like. 

Numerous people have been interviewed by detectives, and leads from those discussions are still being followed.

People of interest have surfaced in the investigation, but due to "premature" timing, officials have not released any information on those people.

If you know anything about the night Madrigal was killed, March 4th, you are asked to call Captain Travis Eynon at (541) 667-5103.

HERMISTON, OR. -- Investigators in Hermiston still haven't identified any suspects in Wednesday night's shooting that killed 23-year-old Alonso Madrigal. Police say they found a weapon while gathering evidence, but they do not know if it is connected to the shooting. 

Police initially responded after getting reports of shots fired. While canvassing the area, they heard another round of gunshots that killed Madrigal in the parking lot of the 11th Street Market.

The Major Crime Team of Umatilla and Morrow counties is in charge of the investigation. 

HERMISTON, OR. -- Police in Hermiston are investigating their first homicide since 2012. The Major Crime Unit of Umatilla and Morrow Counties has been called in to investigate the homicide of 23-year-old Alonso Madrigal. The shooting happened Wednesday night in Hermiston at the 11th Street Market. This is the second shooting in the last three months on this street, and some neighbors told NBC Right Now they are worried for their safety.

It was a frightening night for Dan and his girlfriend as shots rang out directly across the street from their bedroom. 

"It scared me to death, because I was worried that a bullet was going to come through the window," Dan Haven said. "And that's why I was trying to lay as flat as I could."

Dan's night wasn't over then. He looked through his blinds and what he saw in the 11th Street Market parking lot, he will never forget. 

"He was laying down about right where that car is because that's where his car was at the time," Haven said. "And he was laying there and there was no movement or nothing, I knew he was gone."

Hermiston's most recent crime rates showed a decrease in major crime. Now in the beginning of 2015, Hermiston has seen 2 shootings on the same street, in a school zone no less, and both involving people visiting from Umatilla.

It's left an uneasy feeling for 30-year resident Lavonne Rivera. 

"You don't expect crime in a small community, but it's here," Rivera said.

We sat down with Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston and talked about the similarities between the two shootings. 

"Much of what we do is about trends," Chief Edmiston said. "What are we experiencing and then trying to adjust our limited resources accordingly. Am I comfortable that this is the second shooting in a matter of a month and a half? No. Is one shooting acceptable? No."

Dan hopes that the police can get a hold of this problem. So he can feel safe in his home. 

"Very, very scary," Haven said. "I just wouldn't want to go through it again, ever."

Hermiston Police tell us that a large amount of physical evidence was obtained Wednesday night. And all of that has been turned over to the Oregon State Police.

HERMISTON, OR - Police say somebody shot and killed a man in Hermiston Wednesday night, in the neighborhood behind the 11th Street Market.  Officers responded to reports of gunfire about 9:25 p.m.  While searching the area they heard even more gunshots.  

   A short time later officers found 23-year-old Alonso G. Madrigal of Umatilla wounded and called for help.  Hermiston Fire and Emergency Services workers arrived but they pronounced Madrigal dead at the scene.  

   A Major Crime Team made up of several law enforcement agencies from Umatilla and Morrow Counties are investigating the homicide.  An Oregon State Police forensic team is analyzing evidence.  

   Police say it's the first homicide in more than three years in Hermiston, with the last one happening on January, 9 2012.


HERMISTON, Ore. - The Hermiston Chief of Police, Jason Edmiston has confirmed there was a shooting in Hermiston and one person was shot.

Edmiston says they have activated a major crime team and they have scheduled a meeting on Thursday morning with District Attorney, Dan Primus. Edmiston says right now they are working to gather resources. He says they hope to release more information after working with the District Attorney's Office.