An X-ray of the bullet in Logan Ostriem's arm. He was shot while watching neighborhood fireworks in Vancouver.
A bullet was removed from the arm of Logan Ostriem, who was shot while watching fireworks in his Vancouver neighborhood.
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -
A man watching fireworks in his neighborhood on the Fourth of July felt a deep pain in his forearm, looked down and saw blood.
Initially, 24-year-old Logan Ostriem thought he must have been hit by an errant firework.
It turns out he had been shot.
"At first, I thought the blood was even ash because it was dark," said Ostriem, who has a bandage around his right forearm and limited mobility in his wrist. "It's kind of shocking."
Ostriem told deputies he was with a few friends at his home near Northeast 72nd Street and 97th Avenue in the Orchards area. He said numerous fireworks displays were going on throughout the neighborhood.
After his arm began bleeding, Ostriem's friends tended to the wound and took him to the emergency room.
An X-ray revealed a bullet lodged beneath the skin of his right forearm. Deputies were notified at 11:30 p.m.
The Clark County Sheriff's Office said all gunshot wounds are investigated by law enforcement.
The 9 mm bullet was surgically removed and collected as evidence.
Ostriem told investigators he had no idea where the bullet came from, and he had no reason to suspect anyone would purposely shoot him.
Deputies believe it was a random shot fired into the air by an "irresponsible individual" celebrating the Fourth of July.
"If you shoot at an angle in the air, it's pretty simple: gravity works," said Ostriem. "The bullet went up and went back down, and unfortunately, I was the one who caught it."
The bullet struck Ostriem's arm at a downward trajectory, according to investigators. Ostriem is expected to make a full recovery.
Deputies said they have no leads on possible suspects in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Joe Swenson at 360-397-2044.
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