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Firefighter wounded in road rage incident is coming home

UPDATE: Suspect sketch released; Joshua Gehrke 'doing well' after surgery
by: contributed graphic, This sketch of the Highway 26 shooting suspect was released Friday, Dec. 21.

A Clackamas County Fire District firefighter returns home from the hospital this week after being shot and critically wounded in a Dec. 10 road rage incident in Zigzag.

Joshua Gehrke, a 32-year-old firefighter/paramedic, was shot while traveling home from Mount Hood after snowboarding with his son, a friend and his brother-in-law, 33-year-old Joseph Langley, who also was shot.

"He's doing well," said fire district Lt. John Hopkins. "His three-hour surgery turned into a one-hour surgery."

Police still have no suspects in the shooting on Highway 26 near Lolo Pass Road.

Lt. Gregg Hastings, Oregon State Police spokesman, said there were no persons of interest in the apparent random attack.

A suspect sketch was released on Friday.

"There's still a lot of work left to do," he said. "We're still hoping for some better descriptions."

State police have received several tips, none of which has panned out, Hastings said.

Langley and Gehrke were driving west at about 10 p.m. in a minivan with Gehrke's 9-year-old son and his son's friend, also 9. The group was returning to the Portland area when Langley pulled over to let a tailgating car pass, police said.

The other car pulled over too, and at least one man got out. Shots were fired after a verbal exchange; Langley was shot in the arm, and Gehrke was shot in the chest.

Both men were taken to Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland. Langley was released shortly after the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the Oregon State Police tip line, 1-800-452-7888.