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Walker man murdered while on vacation in Oregon


COOS BAY, OREGON (WKZO) -- A bizarre random act of violence in Coos Bay, Oregon has claimed the life of a West Michigan man who went way out of his way to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

43-year-old David Hortman of Walker was in Oregon for an RV Convention and decided to stay an extra week to tour the coast.

He was sleeping in a vehicle when police say Zachary Brimhall opened fire on five vehicles parked at Bastendorff Beach.

Hortman was killed. His niece, 13-year-old Jessica Hortman says she was shocked at the news, calling him the 'best uncle ever'.

The suspected gunman, 43-year-old Zachary Brimhall was found dead nearby from a self-inflicted wound.

Mark Macpherson, who was also parked at the beach, says Brimhall just missed him by inches after riddling his van with bullets.

Brimhall’s car was filled with guns and bomb making material.

They later found Brimhall’s dad shot to death 50-miles away.

Investigators say they have no idea what drove Brimhall to commit the killings. Now that he is dead, they may never know.