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St. Helens man critically injured after shooting

Neighbor tackled suspect until authorities arrived


COLUMBIA COUNTY JAIL PHOTO - GOIN

A 75-year-old St. Helens man remains hospitalized in serious condition after he was shot during a neighborhood altercation Friday afternoon.

Albert Schneider was taken to a Portland-area hospital shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday, with a gunshot wound to the stomach after he was shot once by his neighbor on the 35000 block of Oakwood Drive, St. Helens Police reported.

Robert Simms Goin, 71, of St. Helens, was arrested for the shooting and remains in custody on $115,000 bail with charges of attempted murder, assault in the first degree and carrying a dangerous weapon.

According to police, Goin was arguing with teens in his neighborhood, when Schneider intervened on the kids' behalf.

When tensions escalated between Goin and Schneider, Goin, armed with a handgun, shot Schneider, St. Helens Police Chief Terry Moss said.

Moss said Schneider was able to wrestle Goin's weapon away from him when another neighbor intervened to help Schneider and disarm Goin.

“He rushed out there, was able to get the gun away [from Schneider] and secure it,” Moss explained. “Meanwhile, Mr. Goin headed back to his house and went to get a second gun. The good Samaritan rushed across the street and tackled [Goin] and disarmed him the second time, and was able to get the gun away until the officers could get there.”

Moss did not release the neighbor's name.

He said two handguns were seized as evidence in the crime and several eyewitnesses are being interviewed.

“There were young kids outside playing and several adults around when it happened,” Moss said.

The St. Helens Police Department is leading the investigation by Columbia County's Major Crimes Team.

The shooting incident was the second in 24 hours. Prior to Schneider being wounded Friday afternoon, a Vernonia man was shot and died shortly afterward from his wounds Thursday evening.

Moss said Schneider is still recovering in the hospital.

“His condition was pretty bad,” Moss said of Schneider. “We're still waiting for an opportunity to visit with him and we haven't been able to do that because of his condition. We're hopeful that he has a full recovery but hes still in the hospital.”

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