ROSEBURG, Ore. — A gunman remains on the loose after going on a deadly shooting spree in Douglas County.
The double-murder happened around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday just off Northeast Stephens Street in Roseburg.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says it spent all night and most of Wednesday searching the area and the crime scene for any more clues that could bring them closer to finding their suspect.
“This street–Pioneer–is pretty quiet,” said neighborhood resident Marie Pierce.
But that wasn’t the case Tuesday night.
“At about 9:30 the sheriff’s office received a report of a shooting in the 5700 block of NE Stephens. We responded and found that three people had been shot. Unfortunately, two were deceased at the scene and the other transported to the hospital,” said Lt. Curt Strickland, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Not long after, the road was shut down as officers hustled to find their man.
“We saturated the area. We attempted to find the suspect at that point using two canines and unmarked cars and several marked cars and then out on foot,” Strickland said.
Neighbors in the area say it was a hectic night.
“I had just got out of the shower and when I opened up the window to let the steam out I hear a bunch of running,” neighborhood resident Marie Pierce.
“When he looked out we saw the police cars out there and on the freeway,” Pierce said.
Businesses nearby say deputies told them to close and lock their doors. The bartender at a local bar and grill says she barricaded herself behind the bar until it was over. Employees at the market down the street say two of the victims were there just before the shooting happened.
Law enforcement remained on scene through Wednesday
“We look for fingerprints. We look for DNA. We look for any other kind of trace evidence that might be left at the scene,” Strickland said.
While the suspect remains on the loose, deputies say residents don’t have to stay worried.
“People in the neighborhood should start to feel comfortable that he’s not here. We did a very, very thorough search of the immediate area,” Strickland said.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, about 30 to 40 years old. Deputies say he was last seen wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt. If you have any information on this case, contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.