Community members shaken up after gunshots fired in downtown Eugene

"It was very fast firing. I know the difference between like, firing range shooting and angry firing, so we all got down on our knees, then as soon as the firing stopped we went inside, had a lockdown."

Posted: Jul 16, 2021 7:16 PM
Updated: Jul 16, 2021 10:25 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Those who witnessed Thursday night's gunshots are still shaken up from the incident the day after.

Officers responded to the area of 8th Avenue and Olive Street at 11:48 p.m. When they arrived, they discovered bullet holes in potted plants and structures and two nearby vehicles but did not find any casings.

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"I just heard, 'boom boom boom boom boom' and my friends and I were debating if it was like, fireworks or not, but, I kind of [thought] it was a gun," Karylanne Gibbons said. "Next thing I know, five minutes later there were cops coming by and I'm just like, pretty sure it was about the gun guy."

Multiple bars nearby were forced into lockdown, according to witnesses.

"It was very fast firing. I know the difference between like, firing range shooting and angry firing, so we all got down on our knees, then as soon as the firing stopped we went inside, had a lockdown," Amos Heifner said. He said he was playing dice with his friends at a nearby bar when the shots were fired.

Witnesses reported seeing multiple cars heading southbound from the area, leading police to believe the shooter may have been in a vehicle. At this time, there are no reports of injuries.

No suspect has been named.

If anyone has information, contact police at 541-682-5111 and reference Case #10769.

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