EUGENE, Ore. -- Community members in Eugene are speaking out about growing safety concerns in apartment complexes and neighborhoods near Autzen Stadium.
This comes after a gunshot victim was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries Monday after a shooting at Willamette Gardens on Kinsrow Avenue.
Two days prior, a shooting took place at 90 Commons Drive, which is where the Stadium Park apartment complex is located.
Last week, two 17-year-olds died after allegedly overdosing on fentanyl. A confidential source told KEZI 9 News the bodies were discovered on Saturday night in the Chase Village apartment complex near Autzen Stadium.
Eugene Police told KEZI Tuesday that the Street Crimes Unit will be patrolling the Kinsrow area in light of recent shootings.
Allie Holt is a junior at the University of Oregon. She lived at Chase Village her freshman year and Stadium Park the following year but has since moved.
“They would not tell us when these things would happen,” Holt said. "There would be no warnings or safety regulations.”
She described one situation she'll never forget.
"I was ready to go on my way to work, and I had gotten into my car," Holt said. "I saw all these cop cars and nobody was telling me what was going on. They were just saying go and get inside. I'm like, I have to go to work. Where am I supposed to go? It wasn't until I left later that day that I found out somebody had been shot and killed right down the street from where I live."
That moment Holt was referring to was back in January of last year when 23-year-old Alejandro Ponce was charged with murder after the death of 23 year old Blake Schaufler.
Jacqueline Wyatt lives at McKenna Estates in Eugene.
“We’ve been here at this apartment for two years,” Wyatt said. “The week we moved in there was a shooting in our own apartment complex parking lot. That wasn't a good feeling when we moved in. They insisted it was a good neighborhood and that everything was good. From then on Eugene has gone down.”
Wyatt said she fears even walking her dog at night anymore.
“It's going downhill," Wyatt said. "It's getting worse and worse. Most people who have been here a couple years can't move because of the housing market. We just can't afford to move and go buy a house thats $300,000. We're kind of stuck here renewing our leases even though none of us feel safe here."
UO student Stella Bitney lived in dorms for six months and then moved to Stadium Park. She has since moved to a motel due to concerns about safety.
“I was terrified,” Bitney said. “We pulled up to the apartments yesterday, and we saw cops surrounding it.”
She said accountability needs to be taken.
Miranda Lewis lives at Stadium Park in Eugene. She said the recent events make her hesitant to renew her lease.
“Usually with this stuff I don't find out about it until afterwards when I have family blowing up my phone asking if I’m okay,” Lewis said.
She said even a simple check-in from apartment management would be appreciated.
“More transparency would help a lot more,” Lewis said.
Taylor Real Estate & Management manages McKenna Estates. Here's what they told KEZI in a statement: "Concerning the grounds of McKenna Estates, we haven’t had any recent security breaches. It should be noted that we take precaution to ensure the safety of the community at McKenna. We have security patrolling the grounds multiple times both day and night. We keep the parking lot and grounds well lit. We have a site manager that knows the tenants and monitors the comings and goings of visitors. We recently reached out to the Eugene Police Department and encouraged them to come through our community when they are patrolling the area. We also hold tenants and their visitors to the behaviors and actions agreed upon in the lease. Again, we do our best to assure the safety and quiet enjoyment of our community at McKenna Estates."