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Suicide likely in last week’s shootings

CLEVELAND - There are still plenty of questions, but the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office is at least a step closer to resolving a shooting near Bickleton last week that left one man dead and another seriously injured.

The shooting took place last Tuesday in Cleveland and resulted in the death of Norman A. Luening, 79. Injured in the shooting was Ronald R. Carlsen, 53. Both men suffered wounds to the head.

Pat Kaley is the chief criminal deputy for the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office, and this morning, Tuesday, he says evidence in the case likely points to Luening shooting Carlsen and himself.

Kaley says Carlsen is still being treated at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Ore. and is unable to speak.

While Kaley says evidence in the case points to Leuning as the shooter, he says there’s no way to tell yet what the motive or intent was. For that reason, the sheriff’s office is not calling Carlsen’s shooting a homicide attempt at this time.

“We can’t determine with the facts we have right now,” Kaley said. “There are only two witnesses and neither one is able to communicate.”

Kaley said deputies were able to piece together that Leuning owned both of the firearms found at the scene of the shooting due to confirmation from Mrs. Leuning.

Kaley said she was inside the couple’s home at the time of the shooting, but did not witness the actual incident that took place just outside of their home.

“The case is still actively being investigated trying to find out whether there’s evidence out there that would lead us to believe what the motive might be,” Kaley added.

He says due to lack of witnesses it’s possible the sheriff’s office may never be able to determine the motiviating factors in the shooting case. “We’re trying to track down every lead,” Kaley said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office toll-free at (877) 288-1926 or (509) 773-4455.

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