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Police: Man hospitalized via Life Flight after co-worker attacks him with nail gun

Police: Man hospitalized via Life Flight after co-worker attacks him with nail gun (KATU News photo)

Happy Valley Police say a construction worker was attacked by another worker using a nail gun Friday morning.

The incident was reported around 10 a.m. at a house under construction at SE Tranquil Street, near SE Morning Drive.

"We were just working over here and we just heard like yelling and stuff like that," said Ruben Lopez who was working at another unfinished home down the street, "Like 'hey help' stuff like that. But we were inside so we just heard the helicopter come down."

The victim was hospitalized by Life Flight helicopter, and had multiple injuries.

A man who said he is the victim's brother-in-law didn't want to be identified by name.

That man said he was working with the victim and the suspect at the top of staircase on the home's second story when that suspect attacked his brother-in-law without warning, shooting the victim over and over and over again with the nail gun.

Witnesses say some of the nail struck the victim in the head, but the victim was conscious when he was taken to the helicopter to be flown to the hospital.

The suspect fled the scene and has yet to be located. Police described him as a Hispanic man with a medium build, wearing a camouflage jacket and blue jeans. He was last seen running toward SE 172nd Avenue.

Call police if you have any information. They don't believe the public is in danger.

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