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Arrow attack not random, officials say

Gresham man in critical condition after incident

Gresham man is in critical condition after being shot in the face with a crossbow arrow.

Kevin Hart, 41, was near a check-cashing business near Southeast Stark Street and East Burnside Street when he flagged down a passing truck at 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, said Sgt. Teddi Anderson, a Gresham police spokeswoman.

Seeing that the man had what appeared to be an arrow sticking out of his face near his eye, the driver sped to a nearby Kaiser clinic. They found it was closed and called 9-1-1.

An ambulance took Hart to Oregon Health and Science University. He was conscious, alert and talking to paramedics as they rushed him to the hospital, Anderson said.

Detectives managed to get some initial suspect information from the man, enough to determine the assault wasn't a random attack. They had to wait for him to undergo surgery early Friday, Dec. 8, to interview him.

'It's real sketchy as to what lead up to it and who did it and why,' Anderson said. 'But we don't want people to think there's somebody out there shooting people at random with a cross bow.'

Pamplin Communications reporter Tim Hohl contributed to this report.